It starts with an idea.
The artist considers his canvas, studying it and churning ideas behind a focused gaze until a vision unfolds in his mind’s eye. He raises his hand and begins to work, quickly and nearly trance-like, as form and shape are conceived.
Each stroke of his tool is like a word in a song, and verses and choruses unfold as an image emerges. His is an art of shadows and shape, and he is a master of both. And, like the finest of music, paint and other artful expressions, Ray Villafane’s work elicits a sincere appreciation for the creativity of the human mind, as well as a visceral feeling of joy.
His favorite materials to work with, pumpkins and sand, are as unique as he is, and what he does with them is nothing short of genius.
“I only do what I love,” he says pragmatically. Browsing through his work, it is not difficult to feel — much less see — the passion. Villafane’s portfolio includes some of the most realistic and enormous likenesses of...