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 Mussi Artworks Foundry of Berkeley, California.
She is now pursuing new creative works with Alan Osborne, owner of the Art Foundry and Gallery – one of Northern California’s premier bronze foundries. Shray intensively studied the work of Rodin in Paris and her simplicity of form has been compared that of Henry Moore, Rodin and Brancusi. Over the last fifteen years Shray’s sculpture has received both national and international recognition in the form of awards and commissions. She is represented in galleries throughout the United States and is collected and exhibited internationally.