Ray Lynn Cooper is a contemporary artist who was born in Walla Walla, Washington and is now living in Kelso , Washington. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting and Drawing and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting, Sculpture and Art History, both from Washington State University.
Ray began to formally study fine art at Eastern Washington University. During his two years at Eastern, professors Ruben Trejo and Bruce Beal were both influential mentors in Ray’s academic and creative development. Transferring to Washington State University Ray then came under the tutelage of Jo Hockenhull, Selene Santucci, Patrick Siler, Jack Dollhousen, Robert Helm and Michael Holloman .
Ray is interested in portraiture and figurative paintings, landscape paintings, nonrepresentational abstract painting, airbrush painting and he also produces sculpture.
Currently, Ray works at his private studio located in Kelso, Washington. Since 1999 Ray has taught at Clark College and Lower Columbia College in Southwest Washington as an adjunct professor at both institutions. He has been responsible for teaching courses in art appreciation, design, watercolor, beginning, intermediate, and advanced painting, drawing and figure drawing. He served as a board member for the Washington Community College Humanities Association and art editor for the WCCHA’s annual publication Crosscurrents from 2009 to 2013.