With tailors, pattern-makers and knitters on both sides of her family, it is not surprising that Gay’s artistic explorations have started and ended with fiber. After successive careers as a weaver, batik artist, photographic collage artist and psychologist, Gay finally came to textiles in the form of art quilting in 2003.
She took the same formal principles she learned in her fine arts education and applied them to fiber work, first exploring representational themes and finally using her photographic background to create abstract images for her current work.
Born in Philadelphia and raised in Massachusetts, Gay is now a 40+ year “native” of Colorado where she lives with her husband who advises her in her Adobe Photoshop manipulations. They have an adult daughter.
Gay earned a B.A. from Bryn Mawr College and an M.A. from Columbia University. Later in life she earned a B.A. in fine arts from Metropolitan State University and a Psy.D. from University of Denver. She is now retired and working as a full time studio artist.