Inspired by a Fechin exhibit, Ray Vinella quit his career in illustration and moved to Taos in 1969. Vinella's first home/studio in Taos was the historic Martinez Hacienda. Vinella helped form the "Taos Six" with Walt Gonske, Ron Barsano, Julian Robles, Robert Daughters and Rod Goebel. This group revitalized the Taos art market and brought it to a new generation of art collectors. Vinella is one of the grand old masters of Taos, having instructed a large portion of the younger painters in the Taos area and continues to mentor younger artists.