Full time visual artist and teacher for more than 4 decades, Deirdre McCay began her painting career in Boston, Mass. during her studies toward a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Boston University. Here she acquired an extensive training in Renaissance-based techniques for both drawing and painting. She did an apprenticeship in Manchester England with Sir Harold Riley, a renowned portrait artist.
In 1974 she returned to university to acquire a Diploma of Education (art specialist) from McGill University. She later completed a Masters in Education Degree from the same institution. As an artist, Ms McCay has worked on many commissioned works and has exhibited extensively in the USA, England and Canada. Her work can be found in corporate (Commission des Droits de la Personne, Caisse Desjardins, Bessner Gallay Kreisman), public (St-Patrick’s Basilica) and private collections.
Deirdre McCay has won several awards from the Pastel Society of Eastern Canada, a scholarship from the Banff School of Fine Arts and has been profiled by the C.B.C. in a television documentary on Canadian Artists. For the last 35 years, Ms. McCay has been actively involved in the Montreal art community as a fine art teacher for several art centers such as the Visual Arts Center, the Saidye Bronfman Center, McGill University (including a First Nations studies program), the Dollard Center for the Arts and as a guest speaker for many art associations in the Greater Montreal Area. She has taught extensively in Montreal school systems both English and French as an art specialist.
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Class: The Power of Light (Drawing and Design)