Ray Strong began painting as a high school student, and following graduation in 1924, Strong entered the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco and later studied at the Art Students League in New York City. In the early 1930s Strong returned to San Francisco and, along with Maynard Dixon, Van Sloun, and George Post, formed an Art Students League there in 1934. That same year he became a W.P.A. artist and later executed murals for the 1939 World’s Fair. Strong’s first solo exhibition took place at the Stanford University Art Gallery in 1941. In addition to teaching at the Art Students League that he co-founded, he has taught at Marin Community College and the Art Institute of Santa Barbara. Strong’s paintings usually depict the California landscape. one of strong's paintings, a rare view of the golden gate bridge being built, can be found in the Smithsonian in Washington DC. strong also completed mural commissions at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and other sites.. strong co - Founded the oak Group in 1986, a group of santa Barbara landscape painters dedicated to land preservation. Ray Strong was residing in Santa Barbara when he died at 103 in 2006.