We put our hearts and creative souls into everything we do, from crafting our panels to providing you exceptional customer service. But don't take our word for it, let our artist customers tell you why they love Raymar.
“I made my own panels before I discovered Raymar, twenty years ago. Now placing a Raymar panel on my easel is step one to create a great painting. I highly recommend them." - kevinmacpherson.com
“Raymar makes the finest linen boards available for painting. The Artfix L64C quadruple oil primed linen is my surface of choice. The linen holds the integrity of the brushwork better than any surface I have tried.
As an artist, it is invaluable to have tools that help you achieve and maintain your original vision and intention as you work. The L64C does this for me. Not only does it help maintain the freshness of thin washes, it holds thick paint remarkably well and it is a very sturdy surface for thicker palette knife work. I’m extremely pleased with the variety of effects I am able to achieve. Great art begins with inspiration but it is created with quality materials like Raymar." - dunawayfineart.com
"One of the great concerns for every artist is not only dependability of the product itself, but also the dependability of the company producing the product. There is little room for error. My connection with Raymar has been of the utmost success, because not only do I love their C13DP panels, but their customer service is timely and impeccable." - cwmundy.com
"I feel that I owe it to my collectors to provide them with a painting that will outlive us both. One of the best ways to assure a painting’s longevity is to work on a rigid support; yet I want the surface to have enough tooth to facilitate my broken stroke approach. I find that Raymar’s Claessens #15 Double Primed Linen is perfect for me. The surface is a joy to paint on and as archival as possible. Whether mounted on MDF or aluminum panels I feel confident that they will not warp, and I like the fact that I can order large custom sizes at a reasonable price." - schneiderart.com
“I choose Raymar because in addition to offering an array of fine products, Raymar is a small operation that cares deeply about the fine arts community, and has spent many years providing the tools necessary for artist's to create their very best work. Raymar's commitment to excellence can be seen in all they do, from my favorite L64C panels, to their carriers, to their constant attention to detail and customer service.
I like the L64C panels for the smooth linen weave. The quadruple priming provides a superior quality surface on which to paint with oils. I use them for my still-lifes, portraits, even landscapes!” - danieljkeys.com
“L64C is my favorite canvas because of the way it takes the paint. The very smooth quadruple oil priming lets my brushstroke glide but has enough grab to hold the paint. I use it for Alla Prima, studio and plein air painting. For me, it’s an all in one canvas!" Raymar and the Dietrichs, the owners, go above and beyond with customer service. They immediately ship to me anywhere in the US as well as Europe. But it’s more than that, they truly support us as artists and want us to succeed so they consistently create the finest quality products for us to do our best work." - stephaniebirdsall.com
"Raymar’s Fabriano watercolor panels are perfect for my needs. I love Fabriano paper; it has a long history and was the choice of Michaelangelo. Combining it with an ACM panel continues that history and makes Raymar’s watercolor panels completely unique. The surface maintains the cold press texture I love, with a rigid support that doesn’t buckle. I thoroughly enjoy working on this surface!” - matthewbird.com
“Raymar’s C15DP Claessens Belgian linen panel is my surface of choice. There is just the perfect balance of what I need for my particular paint application methods. It permits me to take full advantage of thinner, transparent darks, heavily applied, opaque lights, and a variety of paint thicknesses in between. The surface does much of the work for me. Because I paint a variety of subjects, laying down and layering these thicknesses in different combinations provides numerous possibilities and allows me to achieve countless desired effects. I regularly order panels in custom sizes and with various substrates not only for plein air, but also for larger studio work.” - loriputnam.com
“I have used Raymar Claessens C15SP for over 15 years! I love the initial slippery feeling of the surface when I start a painting, then it gets tackier and accepts my thicker paint easily. I like the linen because it seems to have more light bounce off of the surface and back through the paint. My colors are truer on this surface. I even order custom sizes on my larger paintings so that I can keep that consistency in my work. Thank you Raymar for a great product and excellent customer service!” - jimwodark.com
“I just wanted to tell you how much I love Raymar's L64C quadruple oil primed linen panels! With just the first few brush strokes it became my favorite linen surface to paint on. I love the fine weave surface, which is smooth enough for detailed work, but also "grabby" enough for juicy paint on larger works. I've used it for paintings from 8x10 inches up to 30x40 inches, and they are a joy to work with at every scale. I love the lightweight backing for carrying the small panels en plein air, and the aluminum-backed panels are perfect for my larger works. No warping at large sizes, and so easy to frame and ship. Thanks, Emily and Raymar!" - sadievaleri.com
“I am addicted and don't want to use anything else! These are the strongest supports I have used and they do not warp at all. I live in Santa Clarita, a suburb just north of Los Angeles, basically the desert, the average temperature during the summer here is 90+ and goes up to 110. A couple of years back I was experimenting with different types of panels. I left a 16x20 Raymar panel in the back of my car. Like I said average temperature here is 90+ but inside my car it is much higher. That panel was in my car that whole summer. The Raymar panel did not warp and the linen did not become unglued or damaged from the heat at all. Warping is one of the biggest problems with linen mounted panels and the Raymar panel passed this accidental test with flying colors. I was pleasantly surprised.” - aaronwesterberg.com
"So easy to talk about Raymar's wonderful painting surfaces. Whether it's a surface with more tooth or a surface that's smoother, I've always gotten just the perfect panel when I order from Raymar. I love the way my paint stays brilliant and doesn't sink into the canvas. I often glaze and it's a breeze on your panels. Thanks for making a panel that travels well and doesn't warp. Thanks for your professionalism and making my paintings look amazing." - graceschlesier.com
Morgan S. Price
"If you seek the perfect wet painting carrier, I highly recommend Raymar. My first purchase from Raymar was in 2000. I am still using the same carriers I initially purchased. They look the same today as they did then.
I've never had a painting destroyed while in the protection of these carriers. Not only do they stand the test of time, they are very lightweight. It is easy to transport them with your work safely tucked inside to protect it from the rain, dust, or snow. My carriers are with me every place I paint while flying, backpacking on wilderness trips, hiking through the mountains, floating down the river, you name it I have easily toted these gems. You'll never regret this purchase!" - morgansamuelprice.com
"I count on Raymar supports for all my artwork, be it plein air, studio or larger scale commission and museum work. Their quality is unparalleled, they never warp, and with many surface choices, they have everything I need. The company is such a pleasure to work with and always helpful, even rush orders. I also recommend their painting carriers for paint outs, workshops, transporting etc. When I paint overseas in Europe I can I carry it everywhere and can pack it right in my suitcase keeping my oil paintings separate and clean. Over the years my work may change, but my panel choice remains the same: RAYMAR." - vanessarothefineart.com
"It has been almost ten years that I have been using Raymar panels and carriers and never once had any issue with quality or service. Although they offer many surfaces, I find their featherlite panels are perfect for travel and I have been using mostly their Claessens #15 single prime linen. They provide a perfect option for those who don't wish to fiddle with making their own surfaces." - richardlindenberg.com
"You can’t ask for more than to have a Raymar L64C panel hand delivered to you in Paris by the owners Emily and Catherine. The surface quality is so delicate yet allows for such varied textures. It is versatile for any subject matter or level of painter, but be warned, once you try it you will be hooked. - richiecarterfinearts.com
"Raymar’s quality for excellence is impeccable. When I started to paint and sell my work in my early 20’s, I needed a surface that I could count on that would be safe in 50+ years for the quality of my pieces to last. It has now been approx 18 years since I have been using Raymar and my clients keep returning for more pieces with only compliments of loving the pieces they bought years ago.
Raymar’s panels stand the test of time to warping and therefore, any artist doesn’t have to worry about the hot/cold effects that a stretched canvas can have such as a weak stretching job or a possibility of the paint cracking or even the possibility of mold due to climate on the back of the canvas.
Their quality of excellence, their fabulous customer service and immediacy to your order and their respect and high regard to bringing a panel to the market that is ultimately going to last 100’s of years is a gift to our industry. To top it off it’s a family run business which has climbed the ladder to win the ultimate respect of the professional artist." - jordannefineart.com
“Raymar is a great company to work with. I use their fabulous panels every, single day. The surfaces are perfect to work on, right out of the box and they never warp, even as large as 30 x 30! I don't have to worry about anything happening to them down the road and best of all, they are affordable. The painting carriers are super cute and perfect for travelling. I recommend Raymar to all my friends and students.” - bluecloudstudios.com
Michele de Bragança
“I just want to say how thrilled I am to have finally found a panel that "takes a lickin" and stands up to the abuses that I can sometimes inflict on it! I live in the Sierra Nevada mountains, and I am always hiking, backpacking and mule-packing to my favorite places to paint. This panel stands up to the ravages of constant temperature and humidity changes, doesn't warp, and has a wonderful surface and feel to it when painting. When I'm camping in my little "paintmobile" I can just throw several different sizes of panels in their light and sturdy wet panel carriers, and I'm good to go! Thank you Raymar! You're the best!" - micheledebraganca.com
"Raymar is a highly respected company among my professional artist friends. I use Raymar panels exclusively for my outdoor painting, as well as their larger panels for studio work. My favorite is the Claessens C15DP Linen. This archival, medium texture, irregular weave supports fluid brush strokes as well as pallet knife work. A simply wonderful product to work with!" - davisperkins.com
"The Raymar panel is a versatile and sturdy product. I use sizes ranging from 6x8 through 36x48 and have never experienced warping or separation. I am very pleased to know my collector is receiving the highest of quality product. Raymar is always willing to work with me on meeting my schedule, and I consider them part of the team. Finally, in one of those desperate moments while teaching a workshop, I realized the back side of the panel was useful as a portable palette." - barbaraflowersart.com
“I have been using Raymar panels exclusively for almost 10 years and I'm addicted! The quality and consistency of the surface is wonderful. I use the smooth cotton and I love that I can order custom sizes. It's a pleasure to work with the staff at Raymar. Without delay I recommend Raymar to all my students and painters I meet. Placing a fresh Raymar panel on my easel is step-one to good painting..and PS the wet painting carrier is great too." - greenbootstudios.com
"After years of the time consuming process of making my own painting panels, I discovered Raymar’s 56MC Cotton Canvas panels twenty years ago and have been using them ever since. The panels are consistently made to a quality that I was never able to achieve. Paintings I created 20 years ago on this surface look as good today as they did on my easel.
The 56MC double primed canvas provides a surface that I handles thin paint application as well as impasto. These panels are my go to for plein air painting and the Raymar wet panel boxes travel with me on every plein air painting trip, providing a lightweight way to protect my wet paintings.
The family at Raymar has always been a pleasure to work with, providing excellent service and always willing to cut panels to whatever custom sizes I require." - kirkmcbride.com
"Dear Raymar: I just love the skinny Featherlite Panels. They are now part of my new plein air plan. I can't wait to take a trip to the french quarter with them!! Your panels have been a big part of the way I communicate. They are of the best quality and can be used in so many different ways! Love you guys!" - markhemleben.com
"It's hard to imagine painting without a Raymar panel. I discovered Raymar when I was doing plein air landscapes, but I soon found that they are also the perfect surface for all my studio work. I love the different linens that they provide; the quality and variety are perfect for my subjects and style. The thin Featherlite panels are lightweight, stable, take up less studio space than stretched canvas and make framing an easy task. Raymar has made it possible for me to concentrate on the work rather than to have to make panels or sacrifice materials. Thank you for what you do Raymar." - flaviaeckholm.com
"Finally, a truly professional canvas panel for the outdoor painter. The smooth texture of the Raymar Panel is particularly suited to my style of painting." - Charles Sovek (1937 - 2007) sovek.com