The Inspiration Behind the Artwork
Surf Artist Toby Ray
The ever-changing scenes which play out before me from atop my surfboard never fail to inspire and influence my artwork. I immerse myself in the coastline on my doorstep. As the light dances upon the moving water it creates a kind of magic which never fails to captivate me...
I have been surfing since I was a boy and the ocean has always played a huge part in my life since my childhood growing up on the South Devon coast. To be able to live by the coast in North Cornwall and make a living from doing what I love is a dream come true for me.
Cornwall is a hotbed of creativity and I take inspiration wherever I go, often photographing the scenes which move me and using the photos as reference points when returning back to the studio.
The greatest inspiration for me is found when it is just me and the waves... stood atop my longboard with nothing before me but the sea and the sky.
Off season I work from my garden home studio but when the weather is fine you can find me painting and selling my wares at the Treyarnon Bay Youth Hostel where I have 'The Art Shack' overlooking the bay. See you there!
(Unless the surf is pumping...)