Ray's work explores the dynamics of still life; somewhere between the figurative and abstraction. He is striving for simplification, by reducing a composition to its essential characteristics. The planning of colour masses is a vital key in his work, as colour can arouse the deepest thoughts and emotion. For Ray, a still life painting is a living thing: reworked many times, objects rearranged, the negative spaces are as significant as the objects. "I love the play between flat surface and the illusion of depth, solidity. I don't feel restricted by my subject, Giorgio Morandi showed me how to paint and keep busy with just one theme I get hooked on an idea, develop it and it will take me to other works."
Ray prepares his own gesso boards and canvases, manipulating the surface forming a very strong part of the final work. Over the years he has experimented with different media but now prefers to work in acrylics. "I am a modernist at heart."