It takes only a brief conversation with Rayhart to hear his voice come through his artwork. He has a musical quality to his speech that is reflected in his fluid style of painting.
Rayhart is a painter who presents his vibrant work at the Reston Market on most Saturdays. His paintings’ bright colors and flowing brush strokes catch our eye every time he exhibits. As part of our series of market artists, we spoke with Rayhart about his artwork and perspective.
Please tell us about your background and how you got involved in painting.
I’m originally from South Florida, and moved to the Northern Virginia area following graduation from Queens University of Charlotte, NC. I had majored in sociology. I am a “self-taught” artist; I do not have any formal art training. I would consider my artistic abilities as a gift from the great Creator. I began painting when a friend gave me a beginners paint set, with no idea that I would have taken to it as I have. However, from the moment I received that paint set, many years ago, I haven’t stopped painting ever since. It was almost as if I was destined to paint. The paintings come through me almost effortlessly.
How would you describe your artistic style?
My style is poetic, open, somewhat surreal, and somewhat abstract. My innate intent is to convey a sense of peace and tranquility through my art, and to share my celebration of good living. Within each painting, I invite the viewer to be a part of the art, and to bring forth their own interpretation.
How often do you plan to be at the Reston Market during the fall of 2014?
I intend to be at the Reston Market throughout the fall of 2014, every Saturday, provided I do not have another obligation. Other future shows will be posted on my website: www.rayhart.com
Rayhart has generously offered to give away a fine art print to one Modern Reston reader!
To enter leave a comment below! A winner will be chosen at random, and announced on Friday, September 26, 2014.
** This contest is now closed. **
Rayhart will be at the Reston Market at Lake Anne this weekend; stop by to see his vivid paintings in person. You can also find his work at www.rayhart.com. Original paintings and limited edition fine art prints are available for purchase on his site.
Would you like to recommend an artist for us to feature on Modern Reston? We want to hear all about the artistic talent in this community.