Cannabis inspires and helps our local artists thrive in Downtown Las Vegas. This month, she speaks with Dray who is located at the Arts Factory in DTLV.

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Every month, Shannon Dorn from DopeFoto will be getting to know some of the local artists from Las Vegas. Cannabis inspires and helps our local artists thrive in Downtown Las Vegas. This month, she speaks with Dray who is located at the Arts Factory in DTLV.

Dray is an internationally recognized and published painter best known for his large scale murals, musical themed abstract canvases and colorful portraits of beautiful women.  His work has been exhibited at the Majorie Barrick Museum at UNLV and is in the permanent collection of the Hispanic Museum of Nevada.

Shannon: What type of artist are you and what is your specialty?

Dray: I am an international artist.   My specialty is figurative expressionism.  I like to splash paint a lot.  It’s like a controlled freedom with the brush or whatever I’m painting with.

Shannon: Who’s your favorite artist, worldwide and local?

Dray: World wide fav artist, it’s hard to say because there are so many great artists in this world.  Not from a technical perspective, but more from a personal inspiration,  I would say Basquiat.  He had the ingredients for success and used them well.   In his lifetime, he got his cake and ate it too.  My favorite artist locally is KD Matheson.  Sick!

Shannon: What’s your favorite style of art?

Dray: I like a lot of street art.  Whenever I paint murals I usually use spray paint.

Shannon: How do you prefer to medicate?

Dray: I like rolling blunts.  Sometimes I don’t cut open the wrapper,  I just slowly squeeze out all of the tobacco and then stuff that bitch.

Shannon: How does cannabis influence your art?

Dray: Smoking while painting seems to enhance my inspiration to create.  More like a tool instead of a crutch.  It tends to allow me to enjoy whatever it is I’m doing more.  Cannabis motivates me.

Shannon: Where can people find your art and what can we expect from you in the coming year?

Dray: I have murals in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Las Vegas but my gallery is located downtown at the Las Vegas Arts District inside the Arts Factory.  I will have a new series for 2017 called “Art-Official Fertility”.   This series will explore the difference between what the Scriptures say: “woman comes from man” and what nature says “man comes from woman.”  

Website: draystudio.com

Instagram:  @draydizzle1

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