Danna Ray is a painter from Western North Carolina. Ray's paintings explore sensory perceptions of time and movement in changing landscapes. She paints directly on location and from her studio deep in the woods of the Black Mountains.

b. 1981, Cameron, SC
lives and works in Celo, NC


2003 - BFA, Communication Arts and Design, cum laude
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA


2015 Danna Ray & Allison May Kiphuth, Nahcotta, Portsmouth, NH
2014 Confluence: Danna Ray & Jen Ray, Tapp's Arts Center, Columbia, SC
2011 Through the Woods: Danna Ray & Judith Cassell, Artstream, Rochester, NH
2009 Danna Ray, Velouria, Seattle, WA
2009 Higher Ground: Danna Ray & Jane Virga, Jan and Aya, Brooklyn, NY


2016 Polygon Project, Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
2016 ETA 20, Nahcotta, Portsmouth, NH
2016 What Goes Around, Nahcotta, Portsmouth, NH
2016 ETA 19, Nahcotta, Portsmouth, NH
2014 Nature, Forage Space, Scranton, PA
2014 ETA 16, Nahcotta, Portsmouth, NH
2014 Smaller Beckons, Tapp's Arts Center, Columbia, SC
2014 ETA 15, Nahcotta, Portsmouth, NH
2014 fresh stART, Arena 1 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2013 June, Nahcotta, Portsmouth, NH
2013 ONEx100, Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC
2012 ETA 12, Nahcotta, Portsmouth, NH
2011 ETA 10, Nahcotta, Portsmouth, NH
2011 ETA 9, Nahcotta, Portsmouth, NH
2010 Aesopica, Rare Device, San Francisco, CA
2010 Summer, Nahcotta, Portsmouth, NH
2010 The Great Outdoors, Pony Club Gallery, Portland, OR
2010 Chromatic, Lark and Key, Charlotte, NC
2010 The Animal Show, Pterodactyl, Philadelphia, PA
2009 ETA 5, Nahcotta, Portsmouth, NH
2009 June, Nahcotta, Portsmouth, NH
2008 ETA 4, Nahcotta, Portsmouth, NH
2008 ETA 3, Nahcotta, Portsmouth, NH


Chronicle Books, San Francisco, CA
West Elm, San Francisco, CA
Crate and Barrel, Chicago, IL
Madison Park Greetings, Seattle, WA
Skirt! Magazine, Charleston, SC
Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Woodmansterne Publishing, Watford, UK
Works held in private collections in the United States, Canada, Australia, and Argentina


2016 Painting Instructor, Squam Art Workshops, Nags Head, NC
2015 Painting Instructor, Squam Art Workshops, Holderness, NH