Kay is an Associate of the Royal Art Society of NSW has been painting professionally on a full time basis since 2000. Her work is featured in 2014 “International Contemporary Artists” VOl IX, NY/European Gallery and Museum Guide. Other publications include Australian Artist Magazine, Look Magazine - Art Gallery of NSW, Hunter Lifestyle Magazine.
Kay has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions in both galleries and art prizes and is a popular tutor and demonstrator. She works mainly in oil and watercolour however has won many awards in a variety of media (see www.kaymcfarlanesmith.com) including the following recent major 1st Awards :2018 Newcastle Art Prize-Seascape; 2017 INSPIRE-Contemporary; 2017 Scone Art Prize-Watercolour: 2016 Dobell Award for Best In Show (Dobell festival); 2015 prestigious Norville Landscape Prize – winner Arts Council Prize and Peoples Choice Award; Australian Artist Magazine National Art Challenge finalist and 3rd place 2013 and 2012; winner of the Toyota Port Stephens Prize in 2011, 2012 and 2014; Winner Industrial/Marine -Newcastle Art prize 2014.
Works are represented in private, corporate and civic collections in Australian and in private collections in Japan, US, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Oman, China and England.
“Painting provides a constant excitement and challenge that allows me to express how I see and interpret the world and reflects my feelings and reactions to it. “
This portfolio is a collection of recent landscape and seascapes featuring aspects of the Australian coast and country. These are oils on canvas and hardboard varying in size from miniature to over 120cm.
As an artist, I am interested in creating works that capture a special moment in time. With my work, I hope to engage the audience and convey something of the emotional reaction that moved me to paint.
This painting is an oil on stretched canvas _120 x 90 cm. It depicts part of the Hawkesbury waterway on the Northern fringe of Sydney that captivated me with its amazing sandstone colours and structures.
I painted this miniature (10 x 10 cm) of the beach where I live. I wanted to capture the amazing vibrance of the bay as the storm approached.
This painting (100 x 75 cm) depicts in a contemporary way, the outback Kimberley region of Central Australia.
The northern part of Australia is rugged and wild and attracts many because it is so beautiful and untamed. This painting is 120 x 60 cm and depicts one of the many cliff faces along the coast.