It’s the most wonderful time of the year. To get you in the spirit, we’re sharing just a few of our original paintings of winter snow scenes by celebrated artist Anna Sandhu Ray.
Ray, born in the Unicoi Mountains of Virginia in 1946, began painting at age five. She was working as a television sketch artist for James Earl Ray’s prison escape trial when she met the confessed assassin of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The artist and James Earl Ray married in prison in 1978. The couple divorced 14 years later in 1992.
“Being involved with James Earl Ray ended in my being afraid for my life, and I went into hiding for many years,” Ray said on her website. “In this time I found myself falling deep into depression and found myself painting for many hours per day to keep what sanity I had left.”
She originally painted landscapes and sketches of people, Ray said. Later, she began painting florals.
“My painting starts with a pen and ink, then ink washed with pastel highlights as well as what I call ‘controlled splattering.’ This allows me to use many different colored spots with a brush, to give a soft, yet colorful impression of scenic features,” Ray said. “This gives my art a stained-glass type of look, which leads the viewer to imagine it’s a place they would like to go. I have used watercolor, pen and ink, oil, pastels(chalk), and acrylic.”
The winter solstice is Dec. 21, but take heart sun worshippers: Worthington Galleries has an extensive selection of Ray’s paintings. Our inventory of Ray’s work includes dozens of original paintings of florals, landscapes, portraits and more. Visit Worthington Galleries Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1181 Nashville Pike in Gallatin, Tenn. or browse our online store which is updated daily.
Here are a few winter scenes we like: