At age fifteen, Shray discovered the Greek sculpture, Winged Victory, at the Louvre in Paris and declared to her mother that she was to become a sculptor.
She began her formal classical training with a full scholarship at the Academy of Art in San Francisco and continued her studies at the San Francisco Art Institute with a full grant.
For eight years, Shray mentored with Italy's Piero Mussi, founder of the internationally renowned Artworks Foundry.
Shray intensively studied the work of Rodin in Paris. It has been said of her work that it, “falls between Rodin on the more natural end, and Giacometti and Moore on the more abstract, more universal end." Her simplicity of form has been compared to Brancusi. Shray’s sculpture has received both national and international recognition. She is represented in galleries throughout the United States and is collected and exhibited internationally. Shray was a top-rated finalist in the sculpture competition for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
In order to capture the human emotions she strives for, Shray works full time in her Northern California studio.
Shray is one of the few working sculptors today who employs the rare Subtractionist technique. Like Michelangelo, who released the human form in stone, Shray unveils her forms in blocks of clay. Through the lost wax process, her forms come to life in bronze. Great care is taken in the creation of each limited edition bronze. Shray feels that before she will put her name on the bronze sculpture, it must be perfect.
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