Jim ``Bud`` Gray

Illustrator & Creative Consultant

Bud was born in 1954 in Elizabeth City, North Carolina and grew up between there and his grandparents home in Buxton, North Carolina. His heart was always at the beach in OBX where he was influenced by the unconditional love from his grandparents and an innate love of nature and what was around him. As a budding artist, he, took notice of the trees, birds, and other wildlife and was shaped by their color and form. This served as the beginning of his love of art. At the age of 10, his family moved to Pocomoke, Maryland when his father transferred there as a NASA engineer. In high school, his art teacher noticed his skills and love of art and encouraged pursuit of those passions. Bud his high school sweetheart and moved to the big city of Salisbury, Maryland for college. There he started working as a display assistant in college where his both his artistic and engineering abilities were able to grow. This display work allowed for travel to bigger cities (New York, Baltimore, DC, etc.) and opened his eyes to the world around him. Bud found another avenue for artistic display in floral arrangements and event artistry and is the owner of The City Florist in Salisbury, Maryland. He has spent more than 30 years creating magical weddings and other amazing events.