About Ray Heus


Ray Heus is a New England painter and printmaker with over 30 years experience. Heus’ work reveals his love for sailing and the water in his woodblocks of New England, Canadian coastal areas and the Carribbean.

Ray Heus was born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee and grew up in the Virgin Islands and in western Massachusetts. A graduate of Cornell University, he also studied at the University of Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany, and with Washington, D.C. artists Jo Harrop and Nancy Hirsch.

Heus’ work reveals the influence and his great admiration for 19th and 20th century Japanese master printmakers, especially Hiroshi and Toshi Yoshida and Kawase Hasui. Influences from western artists include Whistler, Homer, and Arthur Wesley Dow. His primary medium is moku hanga, the traditional Japanese way of making color woodblock prints.

Over the years he has had numerous one-man shows and has exhibited at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, the Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors, and the 2011 International Moku Hanga Exhibition in Kyoto, Japan. Ray Heus’ work is included in several public collections including the Cape Cod Museum of Art.

He lives on Cape Cod where he makes his prints, builds wooden boats, and sails.