For more than 40 years, artist Raymond Berry has dedicated himself to plein air painting, exploring local landscapes in sequences that record their changes over time. Dedicated to direct observation, Berry sees his study of the land as search for realization that mirrors a “direct experience of our true nature.”
I recently interviewed Raymond Berry and asked him about this background, his approach, and his ideas.
John Seed Interviews Raymond Berry:
JS: Ray, tell me about growing up in Oakland. As a young adult were you aware of the art of the Bay Area?
RB: I would like to say that I started a gang in Oakland — one that went out into the hills and stayed for days just painting the landscape — but unfortunately, I left the Oakland area