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Abigail Gray Swartz is the artist behind GrayDayStudio

Her grandmother's maiden name and Abigail's love for rainy gray days are the inspiration behind the name of her studio.

Abigail (she/her) is an illustrator and a fine artist. Her work features themes of social justice and moments of "daily magic"- celebrating time spent in nature, her love of gardening and the salty Maine sea air.

 (Pandemic self portrait- Juggling motherhood and being an Artist)

Abigail's work highlights inspiring role models of our time with hand painted portraits and hand lettered quotes. Abigail is most known for her depiction of a modern Rosie the Riveter that was chosen for the cover of The New Yorker's "Women's March" issue. Her cover went on to win several awards. Her illustrations have appeared in publications in the US and abroad, including The New Yorker, The NY Times, Taproot Magazine, and many more.

Picture Book Illustration

Abigail also LOVES to illustrate Picture books and book covers. Her first book "The Safe Return"written by Ashley Wheelock and Arwen Evans was published by House of Tomorrow Books in the fall of 2020.

It is Abigail's dream to illustrate picture books and book covers! She is currently seeking representation.

Public Art

Abigail also makes public art from banners, to murals, to painting sculptures like the Camel at the Desert of Maine.

Abigail has a BA in Fine Art and she earned her MFA from The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, in Philadelphia.

Abigail lives and works in Maine with her husband, their two children, some dogs and give or take some chickens. When she is not making art and running her small business, she is busy in her garden, or sewing and knitting something fun and cozy.

Surface Design

Abigail licenses her artwork into calendars, puzzles, and home goods. Get in touch to colaborate.


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You can wholesale Abigail's work from prints, stickers, cards, pins and more. OR tell your favorite local shop to carry merch by Gray Day Studio.

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