Born in Oakland, CA on Feb. 13, 1920. Raymond Bayless settled in Los Angeles with his family in 1925. As a teenager he worked in book and magazine illustration. Self-taught, his forte has been realistic still lifes in the trompe l’oeil manner, Turneresque landscapes, and science fiction fantasy paintings. He was active as an artist until his death in Los Angeles on May 25, 2004. He donated the painting “Sunny Afternoon,” done in the manner of Dutch 17th century landscape painters, to the ART in Embassies program in 2001, in honor of Secretary of State Colin Powell. He was active as an artist until his death in Los Angeles on May 25, 2004.