The latest in a pictorial series celebrating the extraordinary mural art of the Strip, Lawrenceville, and beyond.
    Jeremy Michael Rayer

    Jeremy Michael Rayer

    Born just 12 miles from downtown Pittsburgh, Jeremy Michael Raymer’s early connection to art grew in childhood watching Bob Ross painting “happy little trees” and continued into young adulthood when he attended several studio courses as an undergrad. However, he never gave much thought to a career path as an artist, so he attended the University of Pittsburgh and graduated with a degree in bioengineering in 2004.

    Returning again in 2010 for a second degree in electrical engineering, Jeremy spent the decade as a professional in various science and engineering disciplines. It was during this time he was living in San Francisco, where he was inspired to take up painting in his spare time.

    Tom Savini (Pittsburgher, make-up artist, actor, film  director), 177 40th St. (rear parking lot).

    Tom Savini (Pittsburgher, make-up artist, actor, film director), 177 40th St. (rear parking lot).

    During the first seven years of exploration, Jeremy used oils and brushes to create small-scale works. After visiting Wynwood Walls near Miami in 2013, he experienced a display of large-scale murals like he had never seen before. Their diverse styles, shear number, and eclectic combination of genres inspired him to try mural work. He purchased his first can of spray paint as soon as he got home. It wasn’t long before he realized this medium allowed him to considerably increase the speed and surface area of his projects as well as to drastically expand his color palette. Considering his murals very large drawings, his approach evokes a sense of intimacy with the viewer—each piece unique and rich with emotion, particularly within portraits and eyes.

    Gene Tierney (actress), Blumengarten Building, 2650 Penn Ave.

    Gene Tierney (actress), Blumengarten Building, 2650 Penn Ave.

    In 2016 Jeremy walked away from financial security as a senior test engineer and committed his efforts to work as a full-time professional artist. Now, every waking moment is dedicated to propelling his craft forward. Constantly working to develop his abilities and become one of the most notable muralists in Pittsburgh, each of Jeremy’s pieces outshines the last. He is influenced by his experience as a scientist, along with current events, pop culture, and antique photography.
     
    To learn more about Jeremy and his work, visit his “main website” on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jeremymraymer/
    For a self-guided-tour, here is a link for a free download of the tour map (32 locations with about 75 murals): 
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1KTXsqyh6nYfytooLigPG9c_Ufi4OJhpz/view

    Magneto, 3311 Penn Ave.

    Magneto, 3311 Penn Ave.

    Photography by Mary Pegher