Ray is a retired graphic artist living in Asbury Park for the last 15 years. He grew up in Brooklyn, NY and attended the first Community Art College in New York, graduating with a degree in Advertising Design.
Ray was a graphic artist for the past 46 years, starting at Cooper Studio as a bullpen artist exposed to the work of Tom Lovell, James Bama, Coby Whitmore and other noted Illustrators. Sternesky began his own Graphic Design business in 1975 located in Soho NYC. Clients included Cosmair, The Theatre Guild, Loreal, The New York Partnership and The Central Park Conservancy.
Ray has participated in juried shows in Ridgewood, Westwood, Shrewsbury, Belmar, NJ and Long Branch, NJ, as well as, Montaulk, NY. He has been chosen to participate in juried shows at the Monmouth Museum in Brookdale, NJ a number of times. Sternesky has paintings in private collections in NY, NJ, Maryland, Massachusetts, California, Florida, New Orleans and Puerto Rico. The Bergen Record, Asbury Press and Coaster have published his paintings.
In the years 2005 to 2008, Ray has permitted the use of his paintings to be displayed on banners throughout the city of Asbury Park for the benefit of the Asbury Park Historical Society. Ray has enjoyed recording the historic sites in Asbury Park, a community that has continued to grow and energize in the arts. He has coordinated and participated in an annual art show on the boardwalk in Asbury Park.
His love of his craft has is evident in the mood he creates in each of his paintings. In many of his paintings, he brings to life the past and recaptures it for the present.