Name: Nan Gray
Business Name: Nan R. Gray
Art Media: Watercolor
Art Form: Painting
Artist History: I have been involved in artistic pursuits for as long as I can remember. My grandfather was a businessman by trade, but a wonderful artist by interest. Instead of reading his children bedtime stories, my grandfather drew bedtime stories for them. As a result, my love of drawing and painting was encouraged by my family from an early age. I won my first art contest at the age of six, sponsored by the Sandy Becker Cartoon Show in New York City. My painting was featured on television and I was sent a prize that was much too large for me to carry home from the post office. I was hooked for life! More recently, my paintings have been juried into statewide exhibitions, where they have received a number of awards.
Artist Statement: I am a watercolorist with a love of travel. I often utilize my photographs from far away places for my renderings; however, I also enjoy painting the diversity of landscapes in Park City area as well. I am inspired by scenes and encounters that are often considered very ordinary and only earn a glance from passersby in their locales. When the human stories, history, cultures and political realities that accompany the settings are considered, these common scenes become quite extraordinary. I design my material first with my camera lens from many different angles, portray it with colors that come from life, and hope that the result offers the viewer an opportunity to visit the sites and absorb the stories, if only for a moment or two.
Seven years ago I retired from my position as the State Director of Special Education after a thirty-six year career as a special educator. Although I will always remain a passionate advocate for children with disabilities, it is thoroughly enjoyable to have more time for the world of art as well.