Gay lives in Brownfield, Maine. She paints in oils on canvas, sometimes using layers of glazes or an under painting in acrylics before applying oils. Because she raises labrador retrievers, her dogs are the main subjects for her paintings. She paints the beautiful patterns and shapes they make with their bodies and tries to portray this in their ‘portraits’ more than creating the exact replica of the dog. Her paintings are bold and with urgent brushstrokes, she uses light to enhance the shapes and colors.
Freeborn says of her work,
As a painter I have been searching, as we all do, for that which touches my heart. I have painted all of my life; from childhood horses, college figure drawing to images of those in distress, sad people, beautiful people, dogs and their people. I began breeding Labrador Retrievers on my farm in Maine and watching them, noticing their curves, their motion and their devotion, finally I have found an urgency to my brushstrokes that were not evident before. Using oils on canvas as my medium, I portray the dog with love for the animal as my driving force. The space that surrounds the subject is as important as the figure itself as they swirl, sit, sleep or stare back at me from the light engulfing them. The Dog, unconditional and unpretentious sits at my feet as I paint and I don’t think I could ask for anything more.