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Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Kathy grew up in a family of artists and enjoyed drawing from an early age. Largely self-taught, she found subjects for her art all around her. Always drawn by the magic and power of the ocean, she moved to Marin County in 1986 to explore the beauty of the San Francisco Bay and Pacific Ocean. She is a passionate kayaker and often takes a camera out onto the bay to capture scenes for her studio work
"Light is so powerful - the way it make things pop and dim, changing the scene before your eyes. I'm always absorbed, watching the interplay of colors, shapes, and movement, waiting for that special moment I'll want to capture and savor through painting." - Kathy Gray
Kathy has a background in illustration and studied graphic design at Platt College in San Francisco. She has been
commissioned to paint family homesteads, portraits, pets, seascapes and Marin landmarks. Her oil painting, North
Tower, won Best of Show at the Marin County Fair as part of the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge. Recent works include a life-size portrait of Abraham Lincoln. Fog Signal Station, which focuses on the old signal station under
the Golden Gate Bridge on a foggy morning. The Raven, showing elements of the poem along with a portrait of poet, Edgar Allan Poe; and Glass Beach, with its mesmerizing waves rhythmically rolling against the barnacle-encrusted rocks.
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