In January 2009, while on vacation, I decided to tour galleries on West 6th street in Austin. My first destination was the Russell Collection. I ran into originals of Mark Chagall the moment I entered the gallery. Impressed, I asked the gallery attendant to show me the works of local artists if any represented in the gallery. Ray Donley was the only Austin-based artist shown at the gallery at that point.
In our conversation, Ray emphasized that it is very important to have a message in your work. Artist needs to communicate something in his or her work. “I always wanted to say something about human condition. Anybody can communicate with another image of a human face.”
Even though, Ray lives in Texas, he refuses to paint bluebonnets and country landscapes. He says, “My art was always European. I want to create a cult audience who wants to own my art not for speculation but who really appreciates it.”