Abigail is a fantastic illustrator and wonderful to work with as well. She brilliantly executes conceptual essays in creative ways. As an artist, she can create a variety of illustrations that all reflect her own style yet are anything but repetitive; some have a watercolor wildness while others are more graphic and still.

As a colleague, Abigail is fast, meets deadlines without fail, always willing to re-work something and highly flexible. I can’t recommend her highly enough.
— K.J. Dell'Antonia Editor and Lead Blogger, The Parenting Blog at The New York Times
Illustrating written work is tricky — it’s creating art that serves another piece of art. I found myself repeatedly referencing the beautiful work Abigail Gray Swartz is doing as the current artist-in-residence for the New York Times Motherlode column. She’s really been nailing it lately.
— Mary Laura Philpott, Author of "Penguins with People Problems"

Abigail Gray Swartz, is the artist of GrayDayStudio. Her Grandmother's maiden name and the artist's love of rainy wet gray days is the inspiration behind her Atelier.  

Abigail is a fine artist and freelance illustrator. Her clients include The New Yorker, The NY Times, Lenny Letter, and Taproot Magazine.  Abigail recently painted the cover of the Women's March for The New Yorker.

This year, Abigail is also illustrating and writing several children's books. In addition to publishing goals, Abigail also dreams of one day curating a children's museum composed of artist installations; a place of magic, and of wonder.

Abigail is a mother and an activist in her community. She and her neighbors are working together to support and improve the safety and quality of life for new refugees, and finding ways to support the local LGBTQ community, and Black Lives Matter. Abigail uses her artistic voice to translate the messages of these rallies and community meetings into a visual image. Originally from New Jersey and Delaware, Abigail now lives and works in Maine with her husband, their two children, pups, and give or take some chickens. 

For commission projects such as portraits and illustration work, use the contact page on this site to get in touch. For ready to ship artwork, as well as cards and totes, please visit her shop GrayDayShop.  And follow Abigail on Instagram for studio sneak peaks.


Abigail earned her BFA in 2004.  Following undergrad, in the fall of 2004 Abigail took classes at The Art Student's League of New York.  And shortly there after, she completed a year of PAFA's certificate program, before moving on to their MFA program.  Abigail earned her MFA from The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 2008.


“Best News and Politics” Cover Winner:  The American Society of Magazine Editors, The New Yorker for “The March,” February 6

Honorary Doctorate, Cornish College in Seattle
Women’s Board Patron Print Competition  PAFA
John Galasso Memorial Prize, PAFA
Montgomery County Guild of Professional Artists
Studio Art Recognition Award