Who is Ray Swirsky?

Ray Swirsky AFCA ASA

 Ray Swirsky is an emerging artist from Calgary who first began painting in the fall of 2014. With no formal education in the arts, he has grasped on quickly to understand the fundamentals of light, value and intensity and is continually working out of his home studio on developing his skills on how to best use these fundamentals to create depth and interest in each of his paintings. He works with both brush and pallet knife creating works that vary in detail from fine realism to a looser, almost abstract, style of realism, his focus being on the creation of realistic value based scenes when viewed from a distance versus closeup realism.

   Having grown up in the small town of Kimberley, BC, Ray has never lost his connection with nature. His love of the mountains and western landscapes can be seen in the bulk of his paintings. He does paint other subject matter such as portrait, still life and action scenes which can all be viewed on his website. Much of his work is commissioned work for clients, a process he loves and enjoys very much.

   Ray is an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists (AFCA) and the Alberta Society of Artists (ASA). In his short career, Ray’s work has been well received into many juried exhibitions with works being sold throughout Canada, USA, and the UK.

“I most like to paint landscapes and wildlife from Western Canada, but I am always challenging myself with different subject matter from time to time. If you view my catalogue of work you will find everything from elephants to mountain scenes, still life to portrait, and birch trees to a water bomber over a raging forest fire.”

Ray’s work is currently available at The Painted Moose Studio in Bragg Creek, Durango Trail Rustic Furniture in Bragg Creek, or online at this website.


Examples of pricing below. Frames included on most pieces.

9 x 12     $200 – $300

12 x 16   $400 – $600

20 x 24   $900 – $1500

36 x 48   $3000 – $5000

Ray is always available to show his art at the gallery or privately in his Calgary home. Call anytime at 403-404-6692 to inquire about a showing, a particular painting or to have your very own commissioned piece.