1858 - 1942
James Kay was born at Lamlash on the island of Arran, the son of a naval officer. He studied at Glasgow School of Art and subsequently took a studio in the city. He settled at Portincaple on Loch Long. Kay loved to paint the shipping on the Clyde, recording marine activity on the estuary in an energetic and colourful style. He also worked in London and the Netherlands. Kay spent some time in France, too, painting coasts and towns, and exhibited in Paris in 1894. In the early 1900s he won silver and gold medals at Rouen and Paris respectively. Kay painted in oil and watercolour. He also combined pastel, gouache and watercolour for use on coloured paper.