Arbor Artist is a sole proprietorship.

Hi, I'm Gray Shaw, owner of Arbor Artist. I focus on providing the highest quality tree work in the East Bay.  I specialize in restoring neglected and mismanaged trees, as well as fruit tree pruning.  I offer sound advice to clients about the condition of their trees, with options for management, based on their objectives for the property.  I can recommend species for planting and offer aesthetic suggestions to help meet overall design needs.  I perform cabling, root crown restoration, and even the occasional cat rescue.  I do all the work myself, or else refer clients to other companies for jobs that require a crew.

Our Story

I moved to Berkeley in 1981 and worked for several established tree companies, as well as operating a partnership for 10 years. I have been working alone since 1993.

During that time, I studied Landscape Horticulture at Merritt College and completed a permaculture design course. I was certified as an arborist by the ISA in 1992.  I have since completed many additional courses, workshops, conferences, and trainings, most recently obtaining a Tree Risk Assessment qualification (2013).