The struggle for optimism.
The works of Sarah Ray summarize and reflect her emergence from the painting of models to a more personal expressive painting that documents her struggle for the renewal of hope and optimism in her life. Following a tragic event in her family, Ray turned her attention from external landscapes inwards to her pain. Her feelings as she copes with dark clouds of pain appear in her works as an enduring motto, while on the other hand, a ray of guiding light appears providing an escape route and emancipation where she invests her efforts to express and rehabilitate herself. Helped by her strength, her close environment and also the assistance of her painting instructors who guided her, Ray has learnt how to revive the colorfulness in her works without relinquishing her inner discourse with the struggle between light and dark, pain and optimism. Ray prefers to work with acrylic colors due to the expediency they offer and also mixes them with ink, Panda crayons and pencil to enrich her expression. As a result her works constitute a colorful variegated experience reflecting their content, external and internal strength struggling to cope. Partially taken from an article written by Yoel Emet for an exhibition.