Artist Ray Hassard

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The Artist Says:

Subject matters to me. I search for unusual subjects and new perspectives on familiar scenes.

Collectors Say:

When I view your paintings, I feel, that your art has something alive, something which is pulled from reality. The colours, the emotions, but much more the eye for details--this is what makes your art something special.
--Burkard Schliessmann, concert pianist

Other Artists Say:

"The Ketchup Trilogy" conveys such a vibrant and complete slice-of-life narrative. The composition is filled with an abundance of information--without feeling overwhelmed with details. --Susan Ogilvie, Juror,  Landscape & Interior, Pastel Journal April 2008


Ray Hassard was born and raised in the New York area. Growing up, he attended Saturday classes at the Museum of Modern Art, and took community education art classes at local schools and art organizations. He studied at Pratt Institute, and, more importantly, spent hours and hours at New York's wonderful museums and galleries. Ray moved to Buffalo NY in 1977, where he was awarded several commissions, including one for a 45 foot long wall piece in the subway system the city was building. In 1985, he and his partner came to Cincinnati and became co-owners and publishers of  American Record Guide, a classical music CD review magazine.
Ray belongs to the Ohio Plein Air Society, Indiana Plein Air Painters Association, and is a signature member of the Cincinnati Art Club and National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society (NOAPS). He was awarded signature and Master Pastellist status by the MidAmerica Pastel Society in 2008, and served on the Board of the Ohio Plein Air Society for two terms. He was given Signature Member status by the Pastel Society of America in 2011, and named Eminent Pastellist by the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS) in 2019.
Ray has been involved with the Taft Museum of Art in Cincinnati in their program Artists Reaching Classrooms for over 5 years. He also leads the monthly Signature Member critique sessions at the Cincinnati Art Club.
Besides art, Ray's major interests include contra dancing, roller coasters, and travel. He has visited over 75 countries, with India being his favorite. Three painting trips there with friend and fellow artist Debra Joyce Dawson led to a joint show of their paintings of India and Bhutan at the Richmond Art Museum in January 2010. In that same year Ray painted in Spain, France and Croatia. He will return  to Cuba [...]

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