Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
A former scientist, glass artist and lecturer, Gay left academia in 2010 to fulfil a lifelong ambition to illustrate children’s books. Her first book as illustrator, ‘The Smallest Carbon Footprint in the Land’ by Anne Morgan (IP Kidz, 2013) won The Wilderness Society’s 2014 Environmental Award for Children’s Literature. She has since illustrated two picture books, ‘When I Was a Boy in Sudan’ by Sarafino Enadio and Terry Whitebeach, and ‘When I Was a Girl in Sudan’ by Paskalina Eiyo, Sarafino Enadio and Terry Whitebeach (Anzoa Books, Tasmanian Writers Centre, 2014). Gay is currently working on a picture book as author-illustrator for Walker Books Australia.
Gay’s glass art and paintings have been exhibited in Australian galleries since 1991 and are in Australian and overseas collections. She is also the author of numerous scientific articles, travel articles, and a book chapter on plant evolution. She lives in Tasmania, Australia.
For studio news, please visit Gay’s blog, Silvergum Studio, at http://silvergumstudio.blogspot.com.au/.
Media articles about Gay’s work
2014 ‘A Journeys Portfolio’, Journeys Magazine (Aug-Sep issue)
2014 ‘Out of the darkness’, Saturday Magazine, Hobart Mercury (July 19 issue)
2014 ‘Sharing stories from Sudan’, ABC TV, 7.30 Tasmania (20th June),
Books as illustrator
The Smallest Carbon Footprint in the Land,
Anne Morgan, illustrated by Gay McKinnon, 2013 (IP Kidz), winner of The Wilderness Society’s 2014 Environment Award for Children’s Literature
When I was a boy in Sudan, Sarafino Enadio and Terry Whitebeach, pictures by Gay McKinnon, 2014 (Tasmanian Writers’ Centre)
When I was a girl in Sudan, Paskalina Eiyo, Sarafino Enadio and Terry Whitebeach, pictures by Gay McKinnon, 2014 (Tasmanian Writers’ Centre)
Publications as author
2012 ‘Rocky Mountain High’, Journeys magazine
2011 ‘Dawdling west on Route 66’, Journeys magazine
1984 – 2011 Numerous scientific research articles in Australian and international journals including Evolution, Molecular Ecology, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London B, New Phytologist, American Journal of Botany, and Australian Journal of Botany. Topics include evolution of Eucalyptus, plant population genetics, pharmacokinetics and brain research.
2005 Reticulate evolution in higher plants. Chapter 6 (pp 81-96) of Plant Diversity and Evolution: Genotypic and Phenotypic Variation in Higher Plants, ed. Robert J. Henry, CABI Publishing, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom.
2014 Exhibited at the Asian Festival of Children’s Content
2013 ‘Ink’, book illustrations, Off Centre Gallery, Hobart
2012 ‘Reflect’, works on paper, Off Centre Gallery, Hobart
2008 Australian Ausglass Members Exhibition, Carnegie Gallery, Hobart
2005 Tasmanian Ausglass Members Exhibition, Freeman Gallery 3, Hobart
1997-2005 Represented by Handmark Gallery, Hobart (glass)
1997 Touched by Light, glass by Mary-Ann Wheeler, Gay McKinnon and Ze,
Wright and Andrews Gallery, Hobart
1996 Crafts Council of Tasmania Annual Members Exhibition, Rosny, Tas
1996 Cool Shades, glass by Gay McKinnon and prints by Rita Beasley;
Manly Gallery, Manly, Qld
1995 Life in the Round (solo glass exhibition), The Leadlight Studio, Ashgrove, Qld
1995 The Half Dozen Group of Artists Annual Exhibition, Brisbane, Qld
1991-1995 Represented by Red Hill Gallery, Brisbane, Qld (paintings)
1993 Churchie Exhibition of Emerging Art, Brisbane, Qld
1991 Churchie Exhibition of Emerging Art, Brisbane, Qld
1991 Dreaming in Colour (solo exhibition), Staff Club, University of Qld