Ray Sim is a member of the Musqueam Salish Nation of Vancouver BC. He also has close ties to the Gitksan through his grand father ,who is from the Gitanmaax Band. His first exposure to Northwest Coast Art came at the age 11, when he attended art classes taught by Ron Hamilton.He also received two years formal training from 1992 to 1994, first with Vernon Stephens and then with Ken Mowatt at the Kitanmaax School in Hazelton. He feels his time spent at ‘Ksan learning from these instructors has been an invaluable experience. Ray Sim is Nuu-Chah-Nulth Artist with mix of above
In 2001, Ray participated in an Advanced Design Workshop given by Robert Davidson. Ray says that this has been a very enriching educational experience, and that what he has learned in these workshops has helped to elevate his work to a higher level of quality and accomplishment. He feels that all of his experiences with Northwest Coast art and artists have been very inspirational as they continue to enrich his life.
He has taught art at both the Ha-ho-payuk School and friendship Center as well as various schools in Port Alberni. Ray is an artist dedicated to his family his Art work, and he is continually striving to further his understanding of Northwest Coast art.