William Wray

Join William Wray in his workshop for creating the comprehensive (abstract shapes) foundation stage of a painting. OCTOBER 4–6, 2021 at: The Art Distillery in Kentucky

Instructor: William Wray
Medium: Oil Painting (Studio)
Workshop: OCTOBER 4–6, 2021 at:
The Art Distillery in Kentucky
Class times: 9:00–4:00ish
Tuition: $650.00
Class Size: 12 (Small class size means more quality time with instructor)

Students work small in oil or acrylic with limited values and simple massed forms. The subject will be the urban landscape. This class is designed for the mid-level student struggling with starting their painting confidently or the long-time artist who wants to add a strong composition based abstract foundation to their work.  The class will concentrate on that critical beginning of a painting, working very small with limited values. If you want to break your same old rendering habits and find a simpler expressive style, this class is for you.

The instructor will give a short beginning lecture and quick demo, then personalized painting demonstrations with each student as the day progresses tailored to the individual’s painting level. Class is outside from life and in the studio from your own photography and studies.




Accommodations & Food

  • Accommodations are not included.
  • The area has some hotels and comfy inns. Below are some options to stay near our studio.
    • Wildflower Ranch Inn (859) 481-4576 • Located on the same property as The Art Distillery and is own and operated by Rich Brimer & Carol Henry. Art workshop students who reserve a 4-night minimum during any workshop will receive a 25% discount when booking. We have a limited supply of accommodations for our workshops students. If you wish to book a room with us, please contact us as soon as possible to reserve your space. A non-refundable 50% deposit is required when booking your room.
    • AIRBNB has a few offerings around the area. They vary in price depending on the location.
    • Hampton Inn • (270) 699-4000 • 1125 Loretto Rd, Lebanon, KY 40033. Mention The Art Distillery to receive our corporate discount.
  • Breakfast will be included for those staying at Wildflower Ranch Inn
  • The workshop includes lunch for all 3 days.
  • Dinner: We will likely be going out and each person will take care of their own dinner bill.



William Wray has lived in California most of his life and studied painting at the Art Students League in New York.

Making his living as a cartoonist who specialized in painted subjects, he spent many years coalescing an eclectic array of art styles, ultimately finding his voice in a contemporized reflection of traditional California regional painting that focuses on humble subject matter rarely considered as fine art.

Wray blends traditional skill sets of realism and the sheer energy of abstract expressionism in an ongoing evolution to find the balance between two seemingly unrelated styles. Wray has challenged himself to create a brand of realistic expressionism he hopes to use a bridge into the customarily circumspect contemporary art world.

Here is a quick glimpse into a William Wray painting…


Watch a 40-minute documentary about William’s work and process.