Raymond Harris-Ching

1939 -
Origin: New Zealand
Born: 1939, Wellington

Dropping out of high school around the age of twelve, the only school experience that proved invaluable to Ray Harris Ching was a class trip to a museum where he chanced upon a collection of stuffed humming birds. This experience sparked a lifelong passion for birds and wildlife. He continued to go the local museums and borrow stuffed birds to draw. At nineteen, he took his first figure-drawing class and was amazed at his own skill and enjoyment. He apprenticed and eventually became the art director at an advertising agency, but, wholly dissatisfied, he turned to painting. In the 1960s, Ching began to exhibit and sell his paintings. But his career as an artist did not really take off until Sir Peter Scott discovered his work. Scott suggested that Ching visit England and within a short time, Ching relocated on a semi-permanent basis, taking frequent trips back to New Zealand. In 1986, Ching created 250 plates for the successful Reader's Digest Book of British Birds.

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Bald Eagle
1981, Graphite on Paper
Raymond Harris-Ching
New Zealand, 1939 -
Puffin and Young Herring Gulls
2003, Oil on Board
Raymond Harris-Ching
New Zealand, 1939 -
What Bird is That?
c. 1993, Oil on Canvas
Raymond Harris-Ching
New Zealand, 1939 -