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Ray PaulI began drawing and painting as a young boy, so art has always been a part of my life. Animals and images from National Geographic Magazine were my early subjects. Growing up in Ohio, dreams of Florida and all things tropical helped me survive the dreary winters and infused my palette with saturated hues. This, and a fascination with science, led me to Florida State University where I received a BS in Biology in 1986. Returning to my first love, art, I earned a MFA in Painting from the University of Cincinnati in 1991.

I currently reside in Tampa, FL., where I maintain a studio. My work is a synthesis of life experiences and a desire to illuminate the subconscious. Elements of abstract expressionism, surrealism, pop art, biology, and psychedelic music all combine and intertwine, creating an unique style of abstract painting. Each work is an experiment, as different paints mix and swirl, with meticulous layering providing the final touch.

I have been diagnosed with a high-grade myxofibrosarcoma, which is a form of soft tissue sarcoma. I am currently a patient at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa , FL. I have undergone 9 surgeries, 2 courses of radiation therapy, chemotherapy and a clinical trial. This experience has led me to a greater understanding and appreciation of my work. I envision my art to be a prescient, visual manifestation of the battle raging within, and a powerful testament to the beauty of Hope.
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