Gay Lawrence was born in Mamaroneck, New York, her mom was an actor of the stage and Lawrence grew up surrounded by the world of the theater. As a child she loved Autumn, the smell of burning leaves, walking through old graveyards and of course Halloween.

 

When her family moved to California she discovered the Ray Harryhausen’s films, Dr Zeuss, and later the illustrations of her biggest idol, Edward Gorey.  All of these amazing artists inspired and fed Lawrence’s imagination which sparked the need to express her visions through a visual medium.

 

In 1986, Lawrence started her professional career as a designer in the animation industry at Hanna-Barbera, and soon after art directed the HBO series, Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales For Every Child, and later production designed the Turner Pictures feature film The Pagemaster, starring Macaulay Culkin.  In the 90’s she contributed in the creative development of features such as Hercules and Mulan for Disney ---and finally had the chance to work with one of her hero in the TV series, Family Dog, with Tim Burton. Soon after Lawrence started to develop her own horror projects, among them is Ghostly Trees, a book of beautiful illustrations and poems that puts the reader in the middle of a haunted forest where trees have a lot to say about the souls that inhabit them.

 

In 2005 Lawrence had the opportunity to supervise design for the Cartoon Network series Class Of 3000 with André Benjamin (Outcast).

 

Lawrence’s new series Zomvoos, is whimiscal, her creatures are completed with a touch of

Voodoo folklore and a thread of Zombie humor. Each piece is created with a “soul” purpose to love and be loved beyond the grave.

 

Lawrence has currently finished a year long stint as BG Designer on the popular reboot of DC Super Hero Girls for Warner Bros. Animation.

 

Gay Lawrence lives in Oxnard, California.

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