Ray Hendershot

The Pennsylvania countryside, its inhabitants and their way of life provides the subject matter for this watercolor artist. Ray is highly regarded for his detailed rural landscapes and antique still life’s. However, he explains, “the real subject of my work is not the ageing farm buildings, the rustic old mills, or the antiqued crocks and jugs. The real subject is their surfaced.”. “I am intrigued by the texture of a crumbling stone wall; the splintered wood of an old wagon, or the way the light reflects off a piece of hand turned stoneware… the signs of wear and hard use...How many stories they must tell.”

Over the years Ray has developed a number of texturing methods to accurately depict these signs of aging. He complied many of them in a book titled, “Texture Techniques for Winning Watercolors,” published by Northlight and released in November of 1999 (now out of print). His work has appeared in many books and magazines such as Splash 3, Splash 4, Splash 9, Palette Talk, Bucks Country Magazine, County Line Magazine, American Artist, Artist’s Magazine and Chinese Watercolor, an art magazine published in Beijing, China.

Ray Hendershot is an elected signature member of The American Watercolor Society, The National Watercolor Society, The Pennsylvania Watercolor Society (also awarded Sylvan Grouse Guild member status of that society), The Philadelphia Watercolor Society (recipient of the Crest Award for continued excellence) , and the International Society of Acrylic Painters. He has been the recipient of many awards for his work in National and International exhibitions and has had numerous one man sows. He is listed in “Who’s Who in American Art.”