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Ray has followed a very untraditional parth into the world of art. He showed unusual talent for drawing and painting at a remarkably early age. At three his grandfather gifted him a box of crayons, to which Ray proceeded to create a three foot high mural on all four walls of his bedroom. After that incident grandpa always made sure there was plenty of paper available. He completed his first paint by numbers scene at five, took his first photographs at six and completed his first free hand painting at seven. The subject was St. Thaddeus because he had a long beard which was easy to draw. At fourteen he completed a large pencil drawing of the chariot race from 'Ben Hur", which hung in the living room for thirteen years until it was stolen and never recovered. In high school he so impressed his art teachers that he was instrumental in expanding the routine single semester art class into a complete three year program by the time he graduated in 1963.
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