Ray Heus is a New England painter and printmaker with over 30 years experience. Heus' work reveals his love for sailing and the water and depict coastal areas in New England, Canada and the Caribbean. His prints are influenced by several 19th and 20th century Japanese print artists, including Hiroshi Yoshida and Kawase Hasui. Influences from western artists include Whistler, Homer, and the Canadian printmaker Walter Phillips. His primary medium is moku hanga, the traditional Japanese way of making color woodblock prints.
Ray Heus was born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee and grew up on Long Island, in the Virgin Islands, and in western Massachusetts. A graduate of Cornell University, he also studied at the University of Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany and with Washington, D.C. artists Jo Harrop and Nancy Hirsch. Over the years he has had numerous one-man shows and has exhibited at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond and in the Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors. Ray Heus' artwork is included in several public and numerous private collections. After residing for ten years in Rappahannock County, Virginia, Ray Heus now lives on Cape Cod, Massachusetts where he paints, prints, builds wooden boats, and sails.