Ray Sexton1959 - 1996
Born: 1959, Dayton, Ohio
Died: 1996, Wildfowl Bay, Michigan
As a child, Ray Sexton was interested in art and drew cartoons. However, when he was twelve, an art teacher heaped praise on another student's drawing of a chimpanzee, and Sexton decided then to become a wildlife artist. He attended Ostendorf Art Academy for high school and then studied for two years at Western State College of Colorado and two years at the Minneapolis Art School. His early style is characterized by the use of watercolors and a photo-realistic style. After a master class with Robert Bateman in 1986, Sexton's work began to evolve into a looser, less controlled style. In 1989, he moved to Wildfowl Bay, Michigan, and was further inspired by the nature around him. His style became even more impressionistic, and he began using dense acrylics and oils.
Although Sexton died at the young age of thirty-six, he enjoyed a successful career as a wildlife artist. Each year from 1984 to 1996, he was selected for the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Birds in Art exhibition. He placed in the top 100 in the Arts for the Parks exhibition in Wyoming's Grand Teton National Park for five years, and received the Robert Lougheed Memorial Award at the 1995 Prix de West Invitational.