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After serving our nation for 23 years in the US Navy and the US Air Force, Joe continued his training as a meteorologist in the private weather industry. Before retiring as President and CEO of a private weather company, he received the Entrepreneur of the Year in St. Louis for establishing the first meteorological center designed specifically for forecasting road and runway weather conditions. During Joe’s career as a meteorologist he analyzed and hand drew thousands of weather maps and charts; which is an art form. Shortly before Joe’s retirement from the weather industry, he tried his hand at drawing and painting on canvas vs. weather charts and was encouraged by comments from artist friends. Thus, started what has been a very rewarding second career. His work has rewarded with many honors, sales and commissions in North America and Europe. Joe Ray has been awarded Signature Artist status with National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society (NOAPS). International Society of Acrylic Painters (ISAP), and the National Society of Artists (NSA). He is an invited member to the National Society Painter in Casein and Acrylic (NSPCA). In 2011, he was elected President of the National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society (OAPS) and now serves as the Executive Director. www.noaps.org
His work is gallery represented by the Poor Richards Fine Art, Rogers, Arkansas and Norberta Phillbrook Gallery, Bentonville, Arkansas.
AWARDS EXHIBIT YEAR
Directors' Second International Spiratural Period Gallery Omaha, NE 1999
Signature Artist Induction National Society of Artist (NSA) League City, TX 2003
People's Choice Christ Glorified - Studio Gallery, Hays, KS 2003
Second Place River Market - Kansas City Artist Coalition 2003
Best of Show Art From the Heartland - Eldorado KS 2003
Third Place Mid Winter Art Fair - Kansas City, MO 2007
2ND TOP 1OO PaintAmerica - All Fifty States 2008
Ann Naulty Memorial Intenational Society of Acrylic Painters (ISAP) - Santa Cruz, CA 2008
TOP 100 PaintAmerica - All Fifty States 2009
People's Choice Signatature Artsit Invitational (ISAP) - Paso Robles, CA 2011
CheapJoe's Art Stuff Signature Artist ON-LINE (ISAP) 2011