Ray Heus is a New England painter and printmaker with over 40 years experience. Heus' work reveals his love for sailing and the water in his woodblocks of New England, Canadian coastal areas and the Carribbean.
Ray Heus was born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee and grew up on Long Island, in the Virgin Islands, and in western Massachusetts. A graduate of Cornell University, he also studied at the University of Freiburg in Breisgau, Germany and with Washington, D.C. artists Jo Harrop and Nancy Hirsch.
Heus work reveals the influence and his great admiration for 19th and 20th century Japanese master printmakers, especially Hiroshi and Toshi Yoshida and Kawase Hasui. Influences from western artists include Whistler, Homer, and the Canadian printmaker Walter Phillips. His primary medium is moku hanga, the traditional Japanese way of making color woodblock prints.
Over the years he has had numerous one-man shows and has exhibited at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond and in the Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors. In 2006 Heus produced a series of woodblocks for "Dusk to Dawn: A Nocturne Exhibit" at McBride Gallery in Annapolis, MD. Ray Heus' work is included in numerous public and private collections. His work is in the collection of the Cape Cod Museum of Art.
After ten years in Rappahannock County, Virginia Ray Heus lives on Cape Cod, Massachusetts where he paints, prints, builds wooden boats, and sails.