William Wray

Creating the comprehensive (abstract shape) foundation stage of a painting

Instructor: William Wray
Medium: Oil Painting (Studio)
Workshop: September 2020 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.

For more info, go to The Art Distillery listing for this workshop



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 a eclectic array of art styles, ultimately finding his voice in a contemporized reflection of traditional California regional painting that focus 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.