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Ray Harm, Wildlife Artist and Field Naturalist

By Ray Harm

According to the Filson Historical Society, Ray Harm is the co-founder of the modern limited edition print industry in America and has been a nationally known wildlife artist for more than 30 years.

Ray Harm learned about the ways of nature by his woodsman/naturalist father.

Ray's interest in animals grew with various jobs throughout his life. He was a cowboy on cattle ranches; rode bulls and broncos on the rodeo circuit; and trained horses and more while working with the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus. He always chose the outdoor life and to work with animals.

Ray Harm entered art school in 1948 and began making a living as a wildlife artist in the early 1950's.

In 1962, together with Louisville businessman Wood Hannah, Ray founded a publishing company that was the beginning of the limited edition print industry that opened a market for artists everywhere. This market today supports thousands of artists through the medium of limited edition prints.

The public acceptance of Ray Harm wildlife prints from a collection introduced in Kentucky spread rapidly. He was in demand as a lecturer, wrote a popular weekly nature column and authored two illustrated books. But his wildlife paintings remained his primary interest. His paintings are from living animals and wildflowers, sketched on location, not from photographs.

The limited edition prints "Cardinal on Sunflower" and "Whitetail" - are available at Easter Seals in Louisville on Bluegrass Parkway and in Lexington at Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital. The proceeds from the sales of these prints benefit two organizations dedicated to helping individuals with disabilities have a better quality of life and greater independence.

Program 414
"Louisville Life" lights the birthday candles at ear X-tacy, paints the town with wildlife artist Ray Harm, learn about preserving Louisville's architectural treasures and more. (#414)