Ellen Ray is an artist from Houston and we’re happy that she’s part of the Tribe.
What are you passionate about right now?
I am passionate about crafting my life with purpose and joy moving forward. I am passionate about painting, love, friendship, meditation. I am passionate about claiming the art career that I left behind in order to raise a family–a family that I love and loved raising.
What’s the most important thing you do every day?
I show up at my studio and paint every day. There is no “waiting for the muse,” no mystery about how the work of an artist gets done. It gets done in the same way other work gets done- you put in a lot of time, research and effort. At times, it is a joyful work, others times solemn, but it is always fulfilling.
Who is your role model for Aging Boldly?
RBG, of course! (May she live in good health!) Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, Louise Bourgeois, Oprah, Lyn Slater.
What’s your personal motto for Aging Boldly?
If not now, when? I no longer have time to worry about how it looks to others, whether or not I fit the perfect image. I don’t need the permission of the younger or older generations to chart my own course. I do need the support and friendship of my art community, my loving husband and family, and my wise mentors. I am grateful to be rich with that kind of support.
What movie/book/TV show are you loving now?
Movie: Melissa McCarthy anything! Book: The 4 Agreements. TV: Grace and Frankie and Stranger Things
What countries are on your bucket list?
I’ve recently been to Paris and would like to further explore other European art centers.
If you could live any where in the world where would it be?
Here and now. Houston is an incredible art community and I have no doubt that it is where I should be during this time of development and growth!
How do you cope with the current craziness in our political world?
That is a tough one. Living in Texas means living with people who are at opposite ends of the political spectrum. I do my best to conduct my daily life with compassion and respect for everyone. I vote my beliefs every time there is an election. Sometimes it is hard for me to see even a thread of understanding on the other side. That is an excellent time to do the Expanding Heart meditation!
What will you be doing in 10 years?
Painting, showing my work, loving, laughing and nurturing my friendships and family.
What would you tell your younger self?
Do not abandon your true self so quickly. That self has valuable insight for your family, more valuable than a cooked meal and clean laundry.
What did we forget to ask you?
What is the subject matter of my art? My subject matter is memory, not so much personal memories, but human memory. It acknowledges the shared history of all beings that we can access on a conscious, spiritual and cellular level. My artwork evokes cellular and organic structures, consciousness, half-memories, secrets and thought by the use of fragmented and obscured imagery mixed with symbols and icons. You can see images on Instagram@ehrayart.