Ray Hendershot has been producing art, prints and posters in one form or another for the better part of his life. For some time, however, this work had to play second fiddle to his primary career in the ceramics industry where he held various positions, including engineering manager of new product development and senior principal scientist for American Olean Tile Company. During these years, Ray spent as much time as possible working on his art techniques and developing his painting style.
Through participation in local art fairs and exhibitions, he was able to build a reputation and a demand for his art, prints and posters. It was not until his retirement in 1991, however, that Ray was able to put his artwork first and achieve great exposure through national and international exhibitions and competitions.
Since that time he has achieved numerous accomplishments with his art, prints and posters, including signature membership status in the American Watercolor Society, The Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, the National Acrylic Painters Association (based in Birmingham, England) and recent induction into the National Watercolor Society. He also was selected to be in the top one hundred artists of the National Parks' "Arts for the Parks” competition. He has had many successful solo gallery shows, and is the author of Texture Techniques for Winning Watercolors (North Light Books).