“Intuition is seeing with the soul.” – author Dean Koontz
I began following Ray Ferrer and his art work after he commented on a blog I posted in 2012. The more I learned about Ray, the more impressed I was not merely by his art, but his versatility and humanity. Ray was a genuinely good and caring person. In December 2012, I wrote about Ray competing to have his work exhibited in Time Square. His images ran the gamut from Jack Nicholson to Billy Holiday, Bob Marley to Einstein, and from ironworkers eating lunch on an I-beam high above the streets of New York City to a joyful child swinging on a tire swing. But it was the work he named “Intuition” that hooked me for its beauty, innocence, and because it reminds me of my granddaughter Carley.
Early this year Ray’s wife, Rhian, found him in bed suffering from a seizure. He was rushed to the hospital where they discovered a massive tumor on his brain. Ray continued his work while fighting for his life, a testament to his optimism and will to live. He posted a blog in early February titled “Watchful Eyes” which was the first work he created after being diagnosed with the tumor.
Sadly, I returned from a hike on the Appalachian Trail yesterday to the news of Ray’s passing. My heart goes out to his wife Rhian, Ray’s loved ones and all of his fans. I am honored to have gotten to know this talented artist and wonderful human being.
The beauty of art is that it endures, and Ray left the world with a vast piece of himself through his paintings. Visit Ray Ferrer – Emotion on Canvas to read Ray’s story and to appreciate his art.