The stars of the art world are usually seen as bad boys with
tattoos, piercings, and all the clichés of popular romance. McRay is no
cliché. He is an original. He is neither the starving artist nor
the profiteering commercial artist. "I am an extraordinary gentleman
with an adventurer's heart, but I'm no bohemian!" He is a man that
has struggled throughout his career to achieve a high level of technical
proficiency, pictorial intelligence and a sense of artistic legacy.
Outside of his artistic endeavors, Eric McRay is an exceptional man who is a
dutiful husband and proud father, a supportive son and loyal friend to many.
He attends church regularly, has a comfortable home, drives a modest car
and strives for the American dream like most descent folk. He keeps a
daily studio work schedule, lives near Raleigh, NC and vacations along the
Carolina Coast with his family.
McRay earned a BFA degree at the Maryland Institute, College of Art, where he
received a four-year scholarship. In 1998, he was juried into downtown
Raleigh's prestigious Artspace. Eric has served in the offices of
Vice-President and President of the Artspace Artists Association, as well as
served on Artspace's board of directors. McRay has been featured on TV and
radio, and in numerous newspapers and magazines. The Raleigh News &
Observer named him one of the "Artists to Watch" for 2001. He
was featured in the June 2002 issue of Southern Living Magazine. In 2008,
McRay was anointed by Metro Magazine, "Best Local Artist".
Also, McRay has consistently participated in and supported many charitable art
exhibits and other community art events. Some of McRay's corporate
collectors include American Tobacco Campus, Duke University Medical Center, NC
State University, UNC Chapel Hill, SAS Institute, and Western Wake Hospital, as
well as many private collectors locally, nationally & internationally.
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