Grapes Near San Gimignano


"As you view my work, look past the heart of my painting and search for the voice of an artist."


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Ray Ortiz

Living in the high desert of New Mexico, surrounded by mountains and huge vistas, has greatly influenced my art. Painting is a healing process for me, almost meditative. I believe the inner quality of who we are as people comes through in our work. 

I have won numerous juried awards in the New Mexico Masterworks Shows, in the miniature and Pen and Ink category.

In my opinion I have studied with some of the best watercolor artists in the New Mexico, Dorothy Voorhees, Jay Drummond, Bud Edmondson, and Carol Carpenter.

I have attempted to gather the important ideas that I love about art, with a genuine longing to learn and improve my paintings along my journey. 

About the Plein Air Friends…  The Plein Air Friends group has been a very rewarding experience for me, the honest sharing of ideas, and continued support from highly talented and caring group of painters, my friends, is a lifetime art education. The willingness to honestIy critique a painting, to help improve the final work of art, cannot be measured. 



Samples of Ray's work with the Plein Air Friends painting group:
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On Edge

Valley Church

Original 10"x12" Sold

Bonnies Path

Winter Morning

Original 8"x10" Donated

Sunny Peril

Vermont Dusk

Original 5"x7" Sold

Autumn Lights


Original 11"x14" Sold


Aspen Meadow

Original 7"x12" Sold

Piedra Lisa Morning


Original 3"x4.5" Available

Just before the Fireworks

Pen & Ink

Original 6"x8" Sold

Summer Garden

Cold Mountain
Oil on Board

Original 6.25"x7.5" Available

If you have questions about any of the above paintings, contact the artist here.


Ray's art is currently represented by:



Click on the name of a member artist below to see some of their plein air work:

Diane Buster, Bonnie Buckley, Nancy Davis, Katherine Gauntt

Roger Gathman, Pat Leister, John Meister, Michael Meyer, Ray Ortiz, Rich Troyanowski


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