Detail from "Autumn Walk"

Detail from "Angel, after Cabanel"

Detail from "Bad Apple"

Detail from "Milo"

Detail from

"Portrait of John George"


Alan Douglas Ray is a traditional oil painter with a passion for Canadian landscapes, figures, portraiture and still life. Inspired by the Old Masters, his paintings depict quiet, private places with an air of mystery and intrigue.  Click on the images below to jump to a particular subject in Alan’s portfolio.  Upcoming events and the latest news are also listed at the bottom of the page. Contact us if you would like to know more about a particular piece of work, an upcoming exhibition or studio tour, how to commission a painting, or just to say hello.  You can also sign up for his email newsletter.

(July 12 to August 11). "Blue Country Road", 12" x 12", oil on linen. (No, it's not Key West in January and, no, I did not paint it on site.)

Westland Gallery: 2017 Square Foot Show

Westland Gallery: 2017 Square Foot Show, July 12-August 11. I am exhibiting three recent paintings, all 12" x 12", at the Westland Gallery in London Ontario for its 2017 Square Foot Show.  The show runs from July 12 to August 11. I have never painted in this format before and it was a challenge finding subjects that appear well in a square. Compositions with one main object seem to work best (rose, seagull) whereas landscape that are intended to lead an eye to a destination are not as effective.  There just isn't much room to lead the eye. Here are some specific notes on my three paintings: 1. "Red Baron", oil on panel. For this painting, I drew the rose and leaves in dry brush, and then I created a grisaille version in neutral greys to figure out the range of values I needed within the petals themselves.  Painting the colour on top was then quite easy. 2. "Seagull", oil on panel. This subject was perfect for a square foot painting. The light passing through the wings was the primary attraction for me. 3. "Blue Country Road", oil on linen. I was drawn to this scene by the reflections of the sun on the small lines of ice on the road.


If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.

Edward Hopper

It is art that makes life, makes interest, makes importance, and I know no substitute for the force and beauty of its process.

Henry James

Great art picks up where nature ends.

Marc Chagall

To be an artist is to believe in life.

Henry Moore

To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.

Steve PrefontaineOlympic runner

Art doesn’t just capture the thrill of life … sometimes it is that thrill.

Julian Barnes

Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing.

Salvadore Dali

The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.

Francis Bacon

I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way–things I had no words for.

Georgia O’Keeffe.

If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all.