Patricia Keay (Pat) graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in Drawing and Painting in 1971. Guided by her mentors, Samuel Peploe’s son, Denis, as well as Anne Redpath’s son, David Michie, amongst others, she was strongly influenced by the work of the Scottish Colourists. Their response to colour and light has informed her work since, both in the UK and in Kenya.
Since college, she painted and taught art in Edinburgh, the Black Isle and London, before moving to Kenya to work in Nairobi for 21 years. Her daughters grew up there and the family have a beautiful home on the Kenyan coast, which they hope to run as a writers’ and artists’ retreat in years to come. Currently, she and her husband live in London.
Pat has exhibited extensively in Scotland, London and Nairobi. Her work is in private collections in Sweden, Thailand, U.S.A., Canada, Mauritius, Kenya and the UK. Other works in public collections are at Nairobi Hospital and Muthaiga Country Club in Nairobi. Most recently, her work now hangs in the home of the Kenyan President, H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta.
"As a painter, my influences have been the Scottish Colourists for breaking colour rules, Bonnard for breaking those of perspective, and Matisse for dispensing with all the rules! My two decades in Kenya influenced my fascination with light and shade and forced me to consider ways of creating mood, atmosphere and a 'sense of place' on the picture plane. This challenge endures in the development of my work.
Since returning to London and Scotland, my visions are altered by urban ambience and contrasting rural place-scapes. Trees remain an essential visual ingredient, as do patterns in still-life, and unusual composition in all genres.