Mr. Raack a figurative painter who works from direct observation. It is the life, clarity and presence of information in the moment that informs his creative process. In the summer months he is primarily a plein-air painter, painting landscapes on location. During the winter months, he works predominantly from the human figure and still life in interiors. One of his chief aims is to convey how the surrounding environment influences and supports objects and also how the presence of the object affects the surrounding environment; this reciprocal interaction has both physical and psychological aspects that enliven his visual reading of my subjects.
In addition to painting with watercolor and oil media he uses digital processes. His ‘digital paintings’ differ from his other work not only in process, but by the emphasis placed on their underlying psychological content. The digital images evoke various psychological states through the posturing of the body and by the staging and redirection of situations and spatial contexts.
His work has been selected for inclusion in many local, national, and international art exhibitions and he has received numerous awards. He have completed over 40 commissioned paintings; half of which have been for Case Western Reserve University, most of the others have been private commissions. His paintings are in many private and corporate collections throughout the United States and Canada.
Mr. Raack has over 40 years of experience teaching at the university level: Cooper School of Art 1973 -1978; the University of Akron 1981 to 1986; theCleveland Institute of Art, 1983 – 2004, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, 2005 to 2006 and Youngstown State University, 2007- 2016. Mr. Raack recently retired to dedicate full time to his own painting in hisArt Studio in the Shore Cultural Center in Euclid, Ohio.