We strive to create the finest quality art supplies that inspire and empower artists to bring their creativity to life.
The idea came when Catherine enrolled in Ted Goerschner’s workshop at the Scottsdale Artist’s School. She was surprised at the supply list requirement to make her own canvas panels. The steps seemed laborious and time consuming when all Catherine wanted to do was paint. So John was given the task to make panels for Catherine and her artist classmates. They quickly realized a viable product was missing in the art materials industry. Catherine thought,
"Imagine all the frustrated artists out there!" And the idea for Raymar was born...
John consulted Ross Merrill, then curator of the National Museum of Art, to research and develop a professional, archival painting panel. Merrill indicated when the museum restored paintings they adhered them to a rigid surface to protect the painting from environment stresses and prevent further damage to the paint film that would crack from periodic re-stretching. The advice of Ross Merrill was invaluable,
"Start a painting on a rigid support to ensure the longevity of your art."
Filled with research and driven by a desire to help artists, John and Catherine set about to produce their first professional panels. In the summer of 1998 Raymar was founded, named in honor John's parents Raymond and Marion, who were a source of strength and creative inspiration.
Renowned artist, Kevin Macpherson tested the first Raymar panels and enthusiastically shared his discovery with his extensive network of art students. Kevin's endorsement helped launch Raymar. He continues as our mentor, close friend and product advisor.
"I made my own panels before I discovered Raymar, now placing a Raymar panel on my easel is step one to creating a great painting!"
We thank you for choosing our small family business to be your art panel supplier. We feel it is our privilege.
From our artist family,
Catherine Dietrich Emily Dietrich