Graduating from the Glasgow School of Art in 1990 with a BA (Hons) degree in Design specialising in printed textiles, Moy Mackay, born in Edinburgh in 1966, is a Scot born and bred who continues to work and live in her native land today.
Moy’s rich vibrant works of art, where she has developed an innovative coupling of a traditional craft within a fine art application, have attracted a steadily increasing fan base over the years following numerous exhibitions throughout the UK and also in the US.
From her home in the Scottish Borders, she fuels her passion for colour and texture with an unceasing inspiration drawn from her surroundings in the beautiful Tweed Valley, using merino fleece fibres in the same way that a painter uses brushstrokes. The result is a “felt painting” of extraordinary warmth and texture. It is a fascinating, absorbing process which requires a fine balance between spontaneity and control and the wide spectrum of colours offers endless possibilities to create images of startling vibrancy and depth.
It is impossible to look at one of Moy’s painting and not see the pure delight that she takes in her unique craft. The exquisite, dreamlike scenes give us a glimpse into her very personal view of the land she loves and have been described as “…art with a complex process, created with integrity and a bone-deep affinity with it’s subject. The result is sensory bliss.”
Moy works from Wasps Artist’s Studios in Selkirk as well as running The Moy Mackay Gallery in Peebles. Since her first book ‘Art in Felt & Stitch’ being published in April 2012, Moy’s work has gained worldwide exposure resulting in increased tutoring dates both home and abroad. She is currently working on her second book.
In November 2016 Moy appeared on sky tv Landscape Artist of the Year. She was shortlisted to the final 3 in her heat.