Raymond Massey is a self taught artist whose paintings can bring the past back to life. His work bristles with fine detail, the vision of an artist combined with the fervor of a historian. The colors that flow from his brush take form in a tradition of visual documentation, information mated to beauty in a marriage that, for the artist, is spurred by the romance of the sea. After months of careful study, including volumes of notes and sketches and visits to the Far East, did Massey begin his series of paintings documenting America’s early trade with China. His efforts are bringing him acclaim and a growing reputation as a major American Maritime artist.