Born in Daylesford, Victoria, Fay’s passion for Art and Textiles developed early. Studying these subjects throughout schooling into tertiary education, graduating with a Higher Diploma in Secondary Art/Craft Teaching. Fay is an experienced art teacher who has travelled widely throughout Australia and overseas. Since the early 80’s Fay concentrated on her love of the watercolour medium attending classes with Derek Pearse, Barbara Better, David Taylor and Alvaro Castagnet. Workshops with Amanda Hyatt, Robert Wade, Greg Allen and Malcolm Beatie also followed.
Fay first exhibited in 1988 at the Royal Overseas League in Melbourne, this painting was awarded an Honourable Mention by the late Sir William Dargie, an encouraging start! In the mid 80’s Fay joined the Watercolour Society of Victoria and the Waverley Art Society (WAS) exhibiting regularly. In 1994 David Taylor nominated Fay to the VAS, after acceptance, she exhibited at the VAS ‘Bargin Sales’. Fay has exhibited work in many group exhibitions with the Waverley Art Society plus four successful joint exhibitions.
Retiring from full time art teaching in 2005, Fay taught night classes in watercolour for the Waverley Art Society. She was also Vice/President of the Waverley Art Society from 2011 till 2013. 2015 Fay began exhibiting in seasonal exhibitions at VAS, selected as a finalist in the VAS Artist of Year in 2015 and 2021. She works in various media however watercolour remains the favourite “I paint from the head and the heart aiming for feeling and mood in my subjects”.
1993 Best Watercolour (ROSL)
1995 Robert Wade Award for Watercolour (WAS)
2001/2008 Camberwell Art Show Watercolour
2009 Best Watercolour (WAS)
2010 Best Watercolour (WAS)
2011 Commendation in Watercolour Kenneth Jack Award
2013 Highly Commended Drawing (WAS)
2016 Highly Commended Watercolour Autumn (VAS)
2022 Highly Commended Watercolours at both the Summer and Contemporary Exhibitions (VAS)
1991/93/95 Mulgrave Gallery
1999 Cato Gallery (VAS) after painting in France 1998<
2011/12 The Lakes Vic Gallery, Lakes Entrance
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