The Pennsylvania countryside, its inhabitants and their way of life provide the subject matter for Ray Hendershot. Ray is highly regarded for his detailed rural landscapes and antique still lifes. However, he explains, "the real subject of my work is not the aging farm buildings, the rustic old mills, or the antiquated crocks and jugs. The real subject is their surfaces. I'm intrigued by the texture of a crumbling stone wall, the splintered wood of an old wagon, or the way the light reflects off a piece of hand-turned stoneware--the signs of wear and hard use. How many stories they have to tell."
Ray feels very blessed and honored to be an artist. "I have had the privilege and pleasure of recording, in paint, my thoughts and feelings about the world around me and the things that have touched my life. If, by doing so, I have also touched the lives of others, then my mission, as an artist, has been fulfilled."
Sadly, Ray Hendershot passed away in June of 2019. He will be missed.
American Watercolor Society (AWS): Signature Membership
National Watercolor Society (NWS): Signature Membership
Who's Who in American Art
Pennsylvania Watercolor Society (PWS) : Signature Membership (awarded Sylvan Grouse Guild status)
Philadelphia Water Color Society (PWCS): Signature Membership (recipient of the Crest Award for continued excellence)
International Society of Acrylic Painters: Signature Membership
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Ray’s paintings have been issued as limited-edition reproductions by Stonerow Publishing in Pennsylvania, and as open-edition reproductions by Bruce McGaw Graphics, Primrose Press, Galaxy of Graphics, and Brilliant Studios.
CURRENT OFFERINGS of Ray's Giclee reproductions can be seen on this web site under the STORE tab.
Book: My World: The Paintings of Ray Hendershot by Ray Hendershot (Stonerow Publishing, 2009). A retrospective of over sixty year of the artist's work. This book can be purchased through this web site under the SHOP tab.
Book: Texture Techniques for Winning Watercolors by Ray Hendershot (North Light Books, 1999). Featuring a number of texturing methods developed by the artist to accurately depict the signs of aging.
Splash 3: Ideas and Inspiration
Splash 4: The Splendor of Light
Splash 9: Watercolor Secrets
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Chinese Watercolor, Beijing, China
Pratique des Arts, France