Slice of life all in de­tail

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - HOME - Laura Tri­este

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.

Pic­ture: John Ap­p­le­yard

Stephanie Gray in Coogee.

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