RALPH A. HERRING, JR.
Ralph Herring, Jr., was born in Louisville, KY, and raised in Ashland, KY, until age eight, when his family moved to Winston-Salem, NC. On graduation from high school, he served one year in the U.S. Navy and was discharged when WWII ended. Upon graduation from Wake Forest College in 1949, he began studies at the American Academy of Art, Chicago, IL. Leaving art school after a year, he entered Officer Candidate School. On graduating there, he served from 1951 to 1955 aboard Navy aircraft carriers. After discharge from the Navy, he re-entered the American Academy of Art and studied under figure and portrait artist, William Mosby, from 1955 to 1957.
In 1957 he opened his portrait studio in Winston-Salem, beginning a lifetime of painting portrait commissions. In 1958 he married Alice Lenora McNeely of Mooresville, NC, where they lived and raised three sons. In 1995, Alice died. In 1997, Ralph married Carol Ann Whitmore-Herring, portrait artist and art teacher, of Statesville, NC, where they live and share a studio.
Ralph paints portraits in oil and pastel of adults and children, head to full-length sizes. He continues to accept commissions. On Wednesday afternoons, with artist friends, he draws in charcoal, sitters at the Statesville Signal Hill Mall. Twice a month, he joins life-drawing groups at Mooresville Arts Depot and at the Cornelius Art Center.