A phrase that best describes Raymond and his work is: "technical virtuosity". The late Dr. Ben Miller Chairman of Indiana University at Pennsylvania's Fine Arts Department that taught Ray in his final advance oil painting course before graduation stated at that time that Byram has reached a level of "technical virtuosity". Byram has been painting in oil since 1969. He received his Fine Arts Degree in 1976 while also receiving a minor in Art History. He co-founded the I.U.P Fine Arts Museum while completing a museum internship under the nationally renown art historian Dr. Balsiger. Since graduation he has devoted himself to his painting, having one man and group shows throughout the East.