Dutch-born American Artist Monica Ray lives and works in New York on Long Island. As an avid gardener and frequent traveler, she draws inspiration from her garden and from her travels around the world.
Her chosen genre of contemporary botanical art fulfills her desire to combine scientific observation with artistic sensibility.
She earned and holds a certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration from the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) and is a signature member of the National Association of Women Artists, Inc. (NAWA).
She stages solo exhibitions and participates in group shows, nationally and internationally. Her first solo show was at Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Long Island, NY in the summer of 2015 and her first international solo show in The Netherlands at Museum 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 (ASBA) – March 2015 issue. She joined the Society in 2011 and currently serves as its Vice President.
Her art is executed in colored pencil, silverpoint, watercolor, graphite, pen & ink and mixed media.