"When I was a little boy in Brooklyn," says Raymond Davidson, "I sat drawing a hyacinth in the small garden behind our house. It was a peaceful thing to do and I still feel that way about creating art. I like pen and ink the most and prefer watercolor to oil paint. Reginald Marsh was my teacher at the Art Students League and I remember always doing the opposite of the style he encouraged me to learn. I like clean line - he didn't!"
Raymond retired to Santa Cruz in 1987 from a career in which he designed and illustrated more than twenty books for the Doubleday & Co. publishing house. Raymond created four of the New Yorker's covers and has published more than a hundred of his illustrations in the magazine. For his own pleasure, he has written stories, poems and recently a series of short plays. In 1990, Davidson enrolled in the first group of classes offered at the newly established Santa Cruz SeniorNet Learning Center (now the Senior Computer Center of Santa Cruz). He proceeded to put some of his stories on a floppy disk. In the back of his mind was the idea to put these into a book he could publish himself and give to his friends. Using local resources such as a copyshop, he did just that, producing not one, but by a recent count, at least five such books, all delightfully illustrated with his pen and ink drawings. He described his book publishing method in a chapter in The SeniorNet Sourcebook published by SeniorNet (1993, Marcie Schwarz & Joanne Taueffer, Eds.).
Raymond Davidson continues to use his drawing pen to illustrate the world in which he lives, and he has created the line drawings for this website.
Sadly, Raymond passed away July 7, 2008 in Soquel, California. He probably would have been amused in some way in that we learned of his passing through an e-mail contact. A rememberance can be found by clicking this link http://emdashes.com/2008/07/raymond-davidson-a-remembrance.php