Slice of life all in detail
ATTENTION to detail does not even begin to describe Stephanie Gray’s work.
The customised home portraits she creates depicting families in their environments can take her as long as 90 hours to capture every detail but they are one of her favourite things to draw.
Putting a personal touch to everything she makes is a common theme in the artist’s watercolour and ink works which include gift cards, prints and playing cards which she sells through her company, Erlenmeyer Art, at The Rocks Markets and Paddington Markets.
She created her first cross- sectional home portrait as a wedding gift for her mother and step dad and it quickly drew the attention of others.
“It shows almost like a snapshot of what’s been happening inside,” she says.
“Sometimes the clients like to make it that the characters are all interacting with each other, or they might all be doing something they enjoy.”
After spending time at the house taking photos and doing a quick sketch, Gray’s most intensive work is done at home, where she spends hours detailing everything from quilt cover patterns to roof tile colours.
The hard work does not deter Gray, whose love of drawing led the former science student to take it beyond a hobby and pursue art as a fulltime career.
“I don’t have much formal training, just an inability to stop making things for people,” she says. See more of her work at erlenmeyerart.com.au
A section of Gray’s 90-hour Kip family home portrait. Pictured in full below.
Stephanie Gray in Coogee.