Raymond graduated from Metropolitan State College of Denver with a BA in industrial design. As a result of his education many aspects of industrial design are apparent in his design process. This experience allows Raymond to think beyond two-dimensional design. He is able to build rough form-study mock-ups in a digital or physical representation.
Over the years a majority of Raymond’s fine art interests have gravitated to wildlife. He describes his passion for wildlife art this way, “I want to capture the wonder and amazement of the natural world.” Raymond uses traditional brush and paints as a direct contrast to his professional digital design work.
Through a contest utilizing either fine or computer art, Raymond was awarded the cover of the National Space Society 2009 calendar. Out of seventy entries from around the world he was awarded the grand prize. And Raymond won first prize in the category of digitally enhanced photography in the Audubon of Greater Denver’s Art and Photography contest.
Raymond’s hobbies include: working with birds of prey as a volunteer with HawkQuest, a local environmental education organization; wildlife photography; drawing and painting; and computer animation.