Originally from Colorado, Jamie Gray studied painting, photography and textile design, ultimately receiving both Bachelors and Masters degrees in graphic design. These design fundamentals deeply underpin Gray’s formal direction. An artist her whole life, Gray discovered a passion for abstract painting at university and has regularly exhibited across the US and UK.
In 2015, while living in London UK, Gray began exploring formats beyond the traditional canvas, making small clay sculptures reflective of her linear paintings. These lent themselves to be wearable and soon Gray established a full-time business making & selling one-off art jewelry, alongside painting commissions & art fairs.
Wearing the hats of artist, designer, & solo-maker means each discipline directly informs the other. For example, Gray's jewelry collections influence her painting aesthetic, as does her interest in incorporating traditional craft-making processes – such as hand-marbling – into contemporary artwork & jewelry. For several years her work has featured her beautifully hand-marbled designs.
Gray's studio practice is based at the Kansas City Artists Coalition. She also teaches workshops and offers custom product styling and photography services to makers.