Ideas and techniques for abstract painters


Jane McKay is an Australian artist. She has been a teacher for over 25 years and has been painting for over 16 years. Her work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions in Los Angeles, Singapore, Kyoto, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth as well as in group exhibitions in New York and Hong Kong. Jane McKay’s work is included in a number of private and public collections in Australia and overseas. Her works include painting, drawing, sculpture, mosaics, jewellery and public art projects. To view more works and for a full resume visit

The abstract painting ideas featured in this blog were developed from art classes held in abstract painting in Perth, Western Australia. For more information on classes or to enrol please visit

rabbit-43-was-ahead-of-the-rat-raceRabbit 43 Was Ahead of the Rat Race, acrylic on canvas, 100x100cm, 2010

Artist Statement

Jane McKay’s paintings are abstractions of the landscape in which the land is portrayed as place and life essence. McKays’ paintings are responses to the vast open spaces of the natural environment which reveal existential themes and convey the great expanse of the landscape. The expressive marks of McKay’s paintings are decorated with tiny, indispensable details of the natural world.

The paintings exhibit our emotional response and connection to the land and capture elements of textural nuance and emotive verve. The pigment appears in layers as though the colour is woven into a dense surface plane of abstraction. Skilfully executed in style, structure and perspective the paintings strive for meaning beyond the boundaries of logic and explore the sublime.

a-lone-bird-waded-at-the-purple-shoreA Lone Bird Waded at the Purple Shore, acrylic on canvas, 75x75cm, 2010

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