Raymond Berry


For over forty years I have investigated the landscape; sometimes with pencil and paper, most times with brush and paint. It seems for all of that time, the presence of water and sometimes its memory in the landscape has kept my attention. For the longest part of this search, it seems that I wanted water that clearly moved and changed radically. Lately, the idea of water as reflection, literally and figuratively has moved to the forefront of my efforts.

  

A California-born, native of Virginia, earned his B.A. in Art from the University of Virginia in 1971 and his M.F.A. in Drawing and Painting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1975. There he studied extensively with Peter Agostini, Ben Berns and Andrew Martin. He joined the faculty of Randolph-Macon College in 1982, first as Artist-in-Residence after teaching positions at Wake Forest University, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and the Governor’s School of North Carolina. Despite his bad temper and facial hair he progressed through the academic ranks to become a Professor in 1998. Primarily an observational painter of the  landscape, he developed a series of “rescued books” combining observed phenomena and vintage photography and has recently been experimenting with cigar boxes and other mysterious things. He has exhibited primarily in the Southeast and in occasionally in New York since the 1970’s.