Thank you for being here.
My medium of choice is ground mineral watercolour paint on synthetic paper. It's a fascinating journey into the unpredictable nature of earth and water and every time I create, I'm left breathless by the beauty of the interactions on the paper beneath my brush.
My Mother's people are Mi'qmak/Acadian. My Father's people are Irish. The fact that I'm an Indigenous artist using water and minerals on the surface of an oil based paper is not lost on me. Oil and water never mix...unless you're an artist. The Creator must surely love irony. Each time I paint, I take the time to smudge my tools, asking for guidance. I am tremendously grateful to be an artist, and proud to have the secondary products of my work benefiting youth in remote Indigenous communities, through the Art for Aid Project, a passion project that I founded, that has grown into a unique program now operating under I Love First Peoples, a registered charity. This ColleenGrayArt.ca Shopify site is where I sell my original work to pay my household bills and expenses.
The Governor General of Canada Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteering Colleen Gray - June 26, 2019
"... for her role in supporting art exploration through access to art supplies and creative art programs in Canadian remote Indigenous schools through The Art For Aid Project. Art For Aid is a project that is grateful to operate under I Love First Peoples. Together we support dynamic and accessible changes for Indigenous youth across Canada. (artforaidshop.ca, ilfp.ca )