Miranda Gray 

Born in Miami, Florida.
Lived in many places including San Francisco, New York City, northern India, Austin Texas

Now abides in Pojoaque, New Mexico - 20 miles north of Santa Fe, with husband Bruce Gray, two dogs, and a number of chickens. 

MFA San Francisco Art Institute (while still named Cindy Moore)

Textile Designer of printed fabric in NYC, where she really learned to paint

Silversmith at one point, furniture designer in India as well as in-house designer for a bronze foundry. 

Currently owns the gallery Gray Matter - art + tools + oddities, with her husband, in Santa Fe, where they sell her paintings, his percussion instruments, and a large collection of vintage tools and oddities. 
www.graymattersantafe. com

EGG TEMPERA

A paint medium made with earth and mineral pigments, hand ground into water, and chicken egg yolk. The paint is translucent and dries quickly.  By slowly applying hundreds of thin layers of paint, the paintings become luminous.  An egg tempera paint pallet lasts about 24 hours before it gets too thick and gummy to paint with, therefore the colors have to be mixed daily. For this reason alone, this medium fell out of favor in the Renaissance era, when oil paint was invented. With oil paint, one can maintain the paint pallet for months without the paint drying out. Also, egg tempera cannot be painted on canvas, as it will crack.  It was traditionally painted on poplar panels, although untempered Masonite is the most common panel used today.  It is a slow, persnickety medium that lends itself to the kind of detailed work that Miranda loves to create.