Born in Prague, Oklahoma
Carl Bray studied art at Miami College and then moved to California during the
Depression seeking a job.
In WPA classes, he studied painting with Maynard
Dixon, and Russell Swan. He became a popular lecturer for college classes,
television shows and art groups.
In 1956, he settled a home and art gallery in Indian Wells where he had been
coming since age 19 and had developed a close friendship with artist/engraver
Desert scenes, over 13,000, with smoke trees were his trademark as a landscape
painter. He had a second home and art gallery in Taos, New Mexico.
He has been a member of the Society of Western Artists, the La Jolla Art
Association, and the Desert Art Center of Palm Springs.
He died in 2011, at the
age of ninety-four.