My name is Jess Ray, an artist and illustrator from Seattle, Washington. Art has always been my greatest passion, and I have been creating it since I was young. I carry that sense of youthful wonder and playfulness into my art, including the illustrations I created for the children’s book Braving Bedtime, written by Allison Johnson.
My pieces are typically rendered in watercolor and acrylic marker in an illustrative style characterized by bright, punchy colors, and dreamy atmosphere that feed into whimsical, mysterious, and often humorous themes. I often strive to create a sense of mystery or tension, allowing the viewer to imagine for themselves what events have led up to the scene or what might come after it. I make art to make connections through humor and expression of emotion that will resonate with others.
Wil Swink was born in Williamsburg, Virginia in 1981. Swink is a self-taught artist who began producing work in 2011 while living in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In a brash attempt to impress a woman (now his wife), Swink, fictitiously told future-wifey that he was an artist and wanted to use her as a muse. She later forced him to produce a portrait of her which then became the catalyst for booking his first public art show…
Too many good ideas never get acted on. For me, art serves as a vehicle for executing those ideas. In the years since I’ve been serious about art production, I have found that I’m interested in the concept of walls as they relate to boundaries. We decorate our walls for whatever reason, and I think that helps us define who we are. Maybe for some it’s an expression of the self, but for others it’s a pursuit of the same. I feel that life is a constant unraveling of layers. My art is just that. I am just trying to figure out who I am. If my work helps others do the same then that’s an indication that I am going in the right direction.