About Megan Gray
Painter & nature lover
I am a fine art landscape painter living in New Jersey with my husband and three kids.
Art is one of my happy places. Has been since I was little. For me, painting stops the mind chatter, helps me focus, and calms my soul.
My paintings come from spending time exploring nature with my family, then bringing it back home and into my studio. I have no preconceived notions as to what my collectors, or viewers of my work, will take away from it. I only hope that my paintings act as reminders to be present, and to connect with the beauty in the world around us.
To me, art is connection, community, and how I process the world around me. I never consider my work finished until it finds a home. A home where it is loved and valued dearly. I love to connect, so don't be shy!
a grounding force
Some of my earliest memories are of when I would color and draw. It was something I always loved to do, and helped to keep me relaxed. As you can see, I have always loved to sit and make art.
Art was grounding for me during a time in my life where there were a lot of changes due to my parents divorce. I always had crayons and a coloring book on hand wherever I went.
And though I don't necessarily have crayons at the ready, creating art is still something that helps me focus, keeps me present, and grounds me. Especially when faced with life's challenges.
My grandmother was always one of my biggest supporters. She was an artist herself, and made sure to include me in her creative journey. She took me to watercolor classes, and to the Metropolitan Museum for the first time. She always loved anything I created, even when it was just me hitting random keys on the piano when I was little.
She always encouraged, never discouraged.
I am so grateful for the love and support she gave me. I would not be the artist I am today without her.
Art & Motherhood
Having kids forced me to realize how much I needed to be creative in order to feel good. The lack of open-ended time also helped me to manage my creative time better. When you only have small windows of opportunity, you don't take it for granted.
And being able to include my children in my creative life is one of the best things that has ever happened to me. They make me a better artist and person everyday. Sometimes the hard way, but I still wouldn't change any of it for the world. I'm truly grateful for their presence in my life.