Lynsay Hay graduated in Illustration, in 2004 from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design. She went on to do a Post Graduate Diploma in Theatre Design at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Lynsay then worked as a Freelance Artist/Design Assistant with some of Scotland’s leading Theatre companies. After having family and taking a career break to stay at home with her two little girls Lynsay has now returned to her first passion of painting and illustrating and works from her home studio in Perthshire.
Lynsay is inspired by her surrounding Scottish landscape and how the colours and patterns change with the weather, times and seasons. She works in a bright distinctive palette in acrylics using palette knifes and brushes and other implements to create different textures and marks. Lynsay works primarily from her memory and imagination using photographs and colour clippings for reference. Working the painting up in layers and blocks of colour she uses glazing techniques to allow the under colours to come through and builds her textures and marks in the final layer.
She works in two different styles; painterly with acrylics, with the subject being her imaginations interpretation of landscapes, magical gardens, woodlands, and flowers. She also illustrates whimsical characters and other subjects using mixed media.
Lynsay’s illustrations are inspired by the beautiful things around her, memories of her childhood, and her daughters; painting and illustrating the simple things she and they both love including some of nature’s little gems, granny’s garden delights and the land of make believe. Using a palette of magical colours she paints from her memory and imagination transferring her whimsical ideas onto water colour paper using a mixture of pencils, paints and fine line pens. Lynsay has her own range of illustrations in limited edition giclee prints and cards.