About

Artistic Roots run deep down in my heart.

I cannot remember a time when I wasn't involved in the

arts, either by observing, learning, or doing. My father

is the well-known American Artist, Jim Gray. While grow-

ing up, I was surrounded by the beauty of his paintings

and sculpture. Not only was Dad a very fine, self-taught artist, but he was extremely prolific. As a child, I was immersed in this world of art and creativity.


I never had any formal art lessons, but I learned much

by watching over his shoulder as Dad painted. He would answer my art questions and periodically critique my

work. We sometimes played a game while traveling that

we made up ourselves. We called it, "How Would You

Paint That?". We would take turns pointing to something,

for instance, a beautiful sky, and then ask questions to which the other would give detailed verbal descriptions of how they would paint that image. Our questions were "What Medium?" - watercolor, oil, acrylic, pastel, or pencil; "Which Ground?" - paper or canvas;

"What Brushes" - size and shape;

(and then my favorite part and the most valuable to me) "What Paint Colors Would You Choose for Your Palette?" - Alizarin Crimson or Prussian Blue, etc;

and "How Would You Mix/Blend THAT Color?" - referring

to a specific area of the subject, and which paints, and

how much of each, would be used or blended with other paint colors to produce that specific hue, value, and chroma. This game was completely played in our heads. Subjects pointed out by my Dad as we were driving past them helped me learn to "see" quickly and to better retain

a mental image once it was gone from sight.


My beautiful Mother, Fran, also had many artistic gifts.  Among her many talents, she had a natural eye for com-position, and for seeing what should be added or left out of a painting in order to improve it visually. She didn't

do much painting herself, preferring to run the home and gallery, but Dad would frequently ask her to critique his

art. Rarely did anything of Dad's need "tweaking", but  sometimes Mom would gently offer a suggestion and Dad would be grateful for her help. Through this, I learned to better study my own work and critique art.

In my teens and early twenties, I worked in Dad's gallery.

I learned from my Mother how to display art in a gallery setting, how to work in the shop and to help customers. I spent time working in the family frame shop and learned how to match matting and framing to the art, how to cut mats and glass, and how to build frames. All the while I continued to paint on my own. When I married and started a family, I began to work from home so I could raise my children. I have always had an area in my home that was devoted to producing art, even if at times that "space" was a closet, in a laundry room, or the kitchen table. I now have an entire room in my home that is a full-time working studio.

Over the years, I have sold my art through several galleries (Jim Gray Galleries, TN; Rara Avis Gallery, Key West, FL; Jim Gray Gallery and The Lyon's Share Gallery, Fairhope, AL). 

In 2000, I was offered the main gallery at the Eastern Shore Art Center in beautiful Fairhope, Alabama, for a one-woman art exhibit. I worked for over two years to prepare for that show and presented over 75 paintings in all mediums and many subjects. I have participated in many group shows and have been honored to serve as a judge for several shows.  

I've lived quite a few places in my life including Mobile,

AL and the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay; Gatlinburg, TN; Alexandria, VA; Washington, DC; New Orleans, LA;

Key West, FL; and back to the Eastern Shore in

Fairhope, AL. I currently live in Huntsville, Alabama, in

the foothills of the Appalachians. My children are grown and each has a wonderful spouse, who I also count as

my own. Also, I am a Grandmother ("Gran") which I must

say is among the happiest blessings of my life.

I paint almost every day, and I hope to never retire! I love it, and can't imagine living my life without being able to express myself through art. I give God my thanks and gratitude for the gift. I hope you have enjoyed viewing some of my work. If you have any questions, or would like to make a purchase, please send me a message and I'll be happy to reply. 

Thanks for visiting!
Laurie