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.


Harry, the English Retriever

Harry, the English Retriever. 12" x 10", oil on panel. I've recently finished a portrait commission of our friend "Harry", a large English retriever and celebrated blogger of Toronto's history, architecture and politics. He's a good sitter too. I think I captured his character well from the start.  He typically has a concerned look, a fear of abandonment perhaps.  If Harry could talk, he'd probably say I've made him look old and dull. He isn't, although he has been around the block a few times.


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.