Raye said he doesn’t have any expectation for a time of completion for the project. He has another side to complete that is about 30 feet long, so it’s a project he will continue for years to come.
He is known as the owner of a pizza place that’s won over the hearts of Gainesville with its character, flair and taste. But the décor of his restaurant—with endless detail and picturesque arrangements—reveals his true passion.
Satchel Raye, also known as Satch, has owned Satchel’s Pizza for 11 years. But more accurately, he is an artist.
Although he makes a living with his restaurant, he lives for the moments when he’s creating art.
“People know me as a pizza guy and that’s true,” Raye said, “but really, I’m just an artist who can make good pizza.”
For about six months, Raye has been working on a stained glass project. Raye is in the process of covering the outside of a greenhouse behind his home with stained glass.
“I am a painter, and my paintings are similar to the stained glass I like to do,” Raye said. “So it’s an easy transition.”
In addition to his stained glass work, Raye draws, writes, collages and paints — his favorite medium. He also frames his own paintings, and his work can be seen at annual art shows his restaurant hosts throughout December and January.
Raye created 23 paintings in 2013. This year, he has been more focused on completing his stained glass greenhouse project, but he plans to continue pursing painting and collaging once it’s completed.
“I love having a restaurant, but mostly because it’s a place [where] I can make all sorts of art,” he said.
All photos taken by WUFT photographer Natanya Spies.
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