My name is Ray Naso
Art has been an important part of my life since I was a little kid. Like many others, I would watch Disney animations on TV and it really captivated me. The idea that there were 24 pictures for every second of animation was intriguing. 
The idea of creating has always excited me. I had always wanted to be a Disney animator. You would often find me drawing the likes of Mickey, Donald, Pluto and so on. For many reasons, I backed away from animation and dove into architecture. Jobs were more readily available and it seemed to be an avenue for my artistic side.

I decided to go to college for Architecture. I was really excited about the adventure. I studied every day and night. Worked on my craft and got top grades. I felt that I was on my way. 

A company from northern California interviewed for an architectural draftsman. I decided to apply for the job. It didn't take long, I was hired. They informed me that this was a full time job and that I would have to quit school.  I thought to myself, this "is" what I was going to school for in the first place.  So I quit and became an Architectural darftsman.
Working as an architectural draftsman was a great job and I worked for a great company, but it wasn't what I truly wanted. I still hungered for the artistic side that wasn't being met.  I decided to go back to college and get into a job that I thought was more artistically inclined. I chose graphic design.  It sounded like a better way to go.

Working on an education for Graphic Design. Computers were the thing. CGI was hot and 2D animation was evolving into 3D animation and I was at the forefront.  Again, I studied my head off with little or no sleep. Often I would pull all nighters just so I would get the best grades and succeed at my goal.  What I ended up realizing is that again, this still wasn't what I truly wanted because graphic design wasn't the type of art I was truly interested in.  The education was great and I still benefit from it today, but it didn't fulfill me. So I decided to go back to college and pursue Art and Animation.

San Francisco Academy of Art was the next endeavor into the art business.

Ray Naso / California Artist is located in Bakersfield, California. Please take a moment and look around and let me know if you see something you like. I am an artist that works in Oil, Acrylics, Pastels, Charcoal, 3-D and Digital Paint. I’ve been drawing ever since I could remember, primarily in black and white. I’ve always wanted to paint with oil but was a bit intimidated. It’s a bit harder to erase. (-: I finally decided to try oil painting in 2015. Wow! What a difference. I can finally see colors. I was hooked and have been painting ever since.

Commission Work ... Yes, I often do commissioned work. Send me an e-mail letting me know what you would like.        

Art For Sale ... Yes, many of my pieces are for sale. Although I don’t always post that they are, just ask. If it’s still available as original or print, I will let you know.   Just e-mail me.

Thank you very much for checking out my art page.  If there is something special that you would like to see, I am open to suggestions. I look forward to hearing from you.

Ray Naso / California Artist