Ray Stanford Strong Biography

Born in Corvallis, OR, Strong began painting at age eight.  Moving to San Francisco in 1924, he enrolled at the California School of Fine Arts and from there went to New York where he studied at the Art Students League under Frank DuMond.  Returning to San Francisco in 1931, he organized, studied and taught at the local Art Students League with Maynard Dixon, Frank Van Sloun, and George Post.  He executed dioramas for both the San Diego Expo of 1935 and the Golden Gate International Exhibition of 1939.  Strong worked as a diorama painter for the U. S. Forest Service from 1935-38 and did similar work for the National Park Service during 1940-41.  A resident of Santa Barbara from 1960, Strong was artist-in-residence at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and cofounder of the Art Institute of  Santa Barbara