Liz Mackay was born in Greenock in 1937 and studied Art at Glasgow School of Art from 1955-59. She lives and works in Alloway and has exhibited at The Torrance and Open Eye Galleries in Edinburgh and with the Arts Council Contemporary Scottish Artists, Glasgow Society of Women Artists and The Scottish Society of Artists and Artist Craftsmen.
Over the years, Liz has had several solo exhibitions in Gothenburg, Sweden. Her work is included in private collections both in Britain and abroad, and in a number of municipal and company collections in Sweden.
“My main interests are still life and landscape painting, and portrait sculpture. An arrangement of objects in the studio becomes both a starting point and continuing inspiration in the making of a painting. With an accurate rendering not the main aim, the possibilities for adjusting colour and spatial relationships are infinite. A stylized table is a recurring theme in my work – the picture frame as theatre, the table as stage and the objects the cast.
My approach to landscape is similar, occasionally using heightened colour and tonal changes to celebrate the initial inspiration.
Important influences on my work have been David Donaldson, at Glasgow School of Art and the Italian sculptor Marino Marini.”