Gay’s work is a spirited demonstration of her love of people and life in joyful articulations of colour and light.
Her captivating canvases of land and seascapes evoke the strength
and vitality of her East Lothian upbringing. Painted en plein air,
they are filled with a vibrant sense of the play between light and
colour so reminiscent of Mactaggart and Eardly and the broader influences
of the Scottish Colourists and French Fauvists.
Travel has increasingly influenced Gay’s palette, and her
pastels evoke an eastern ambience in the dusty ochres and spiced
reds of the south Indian coast. When based in Edinburgh, her studio
work reflects her empathy with the traditions of abstract expressionism
and closely observed life drawing.