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.
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.
Use the contact form to get in touch or email Abigail at GraydayStudio at gmail.com
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.
“Best News and Politics” Cover Winner: The American Society of Magazine Editors, The New Yorker for “The March,” February 6, 2017
Honorary Doctorate, Cornish College in Seattle
Women’s Board Patron Print Competition PAFA
John Galasso Memorial Prize, PAFA
Montgomery County Guild of Professional Artists
Studio Art Recognition Award
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. She is currently Illustrating her second picture book, to be released at the end of 2022.
Abigail is represented by Maile Beal at Arc Literary Agency.
Abigail also makes public art from banners, to murals, to painting sculptures like the Camel at the Desert of Maine.
Abigail licenses her artwork into calendars, puzzles, and home goods. Get in touch to colaborate.
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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