My name is Jay Rainey and I am an artist living on an island in British Columbia, Canada. My work is sometimes funny, sometimes tasteful, sometimes writing, sometimes photography, and I hope each example asks questions. Questions like: Are those dead mice on ritz crackers? (Yes.) What kind of shrew is that in the backseat of the toy volkswagon? (a masked shrew, sorex cinereus.) Are those real caterpillars on the artist's face? (yes.) How many caterpillars was this artist able to collect? (107.5.) Are these images photo-shopped? (No.) Did she wear surgical gloves when she handled the dead mice? (yes.) Who would do such a thing with their lives? (I would.)
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My influences are: writer Alice Munro, cartoonist Gary Larson, comedian Jack Benny, and writer and broadcaster Garrison Keillor. I go to the work of these mentors again and again whenever I want to learn something new. It's show and tell time.
Gallery - Photos:
I created calendars for 4 years with photographs of Lasqueti Island residents. Below is a sample.
To view all images of each of the 4 calendars please visit: www.raineyroost.com