ABOUT GAY MCKINNON

  • Gay recently illustrated ‘The Smallest Carbon Footprint in the Land’ by Anne Morgan (IP Kidz, 2013) and two picture books about childhood in South Sudan (Anzoa Books, 2014).  She has exhibited work at the Asian Festival of Children’s Content, won the CYA Illustration Prize and Omnibus books illustrated envelope competition, and received a special mention in the Kids Book Review picture book writing competition.  Prior to illustrating books, Gay worked as a research scientist, glass artist and lecturer.  She has held numerous exhibitions of her paintings and glass art, run a market stall and art gallery, and published scientific and travel articles.  She lives in Tasmania, Australia.

ARTIST STATEMENT

  • I recently fulfilled a life-long ambition by illustrating my first book, ‘The Smallest Carbon Footprint in the Land’ by Anne Morgan. I began writing and illustrating books at about age six, but gave it up in my teens. On finishing school I studied science, gained a PhD, worked as a research scientist and published numerous scientific articles – but I always took time off to travel, study drawing and sculpture, and make art.  I’ve just illustrated my first two picture books, which are about childhood in South Sudan. I love fairytales, folk tales, and dusty old books.

PUBLICATIONS - View in Bookstore


  • Magazine Articles
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    Dawdling west on route 66

    (Article)


    Journeys

    2011

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    Rocky Mountain high

    (Article)


    Journeys

    2012