Dutch-born American Artist Monica Ray lives and works in Long Island, NY. As an avid gardener and frequent traveler, she draws inspiration from her garden and from her travels around the world. She observes the natural world with intensity and patience. Her chosen genre of contemporary botanical art fulfills her desire to combine the demands of aesthetic rendering with scientific accuracy.
She earned and holds a certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration from the New York Botanical Garden and currently teaches at East End Arts School in Riverhead, NY.
She has participated in various art shows, nationally and locally. She had her first solo show at Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Long Island, NY in the summer of 2015 and her first international solo show in The Netherlands at Kasteel Groeneveld in Baarn in 2017.
An interview with Monica about her art and what brought her to Botanicals was published in “The Botanical Artist”, the Journal of the American Society of Botanical Artists (March 2015 issue). She is a member of the Society since 2011.
Her art is executed in colored pencil, silverpoint, watercolor, graphite, pen & ink and mixed media.