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My name is Lauren Gray and I am a self-taught visual artist. I have been selling my work throughout the U.S. and Internationally since 2002. In 2008 I opened an Etsy shop called The Haunted Hollow Tree to house my original art and art prints. The styles and media varied over the years, mostly focusing on Pyrography and Graphite drawings and Nature and Figurative works. I have since sold over 1,000 pieces in my original shop. In 2010 I opened a second small shop for my woodworkings. At that time I had began working on my three dimensional wood wall sculptures and standing wood house sets. My woodworking was featured in Martha Stewart Living in early 2012. In mid 2012 I also began creating stone and mineral curio sets, both wall sets and curio drawers. I had sold them for a short time online before retiring them, along with my woodworking to focus back on my two-dimensional art. After receiving much interest in both aspects of the work that I had discontinued, I teamed up with my sister and made the decision to bring them back to a new online shop where they could live harmoniously, which was when Stone & Violet was born, April of 2013.
With my husband and two children (ages 6 and 4) we live in Southern Lancaster County, where we short-distance transplanted from the Philadelphia suburbs. My husband has the amazing fortune of also working from home so on our ‘best days’, we spend them working outside on our covered porch together while the kids play in the yard. We take long breaks to swing in the hammock, play ball, work in our vegetable garden and our new berry patch and take picnics by the local lake. On the ‘crazy’ days, we work our tails off in what seems like pure pandemonium with restless children and huge messes abound. So is the life of two-creatives who work from home. There are plenty of not so amazing days, but every one of them is worth it!
My sister and her family, and my parents have also moved within the past two years to our housing development. It has been both a godsend and a treat to have them so close to home. My sister has a love for interior design and is talented through-and-through in that department. Our love for materials and processes are aligned, but our vision can be quite different at times. We have been working closely together on a few ideas we are brewing up and we hope to have them perfected and released to Stone & Violet this upcoming year.