The 68-year-old is president of the Ulster Society of Women Artists (USWA), which is celebrating its 60th anniversary with a special art exhibition in Crescent Arts Centre, starting on November 22. Kay lives in Carryduff with husband Maurice
1. What is your earliest memory? I must have been just about three years old and I have a vivid and wonderful memory of my daddy lifting me out of my cot, wrapping me in a blanket and taking me out to see the Northern Lights. It was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen with all the stars twinkling in the sky. It was truly magical and memorable. I can vividly recall the colours of greens and blues streaking across the sky like a watercolour painting. We lived in the country near Kilcoo so of course there was no light pollution then and the Northern Lights could be seen clearly. 2. Who is the most important person in your life? It would be impossible for me to pick just one person. I am blessed to have a very close and supportive family that includes my husband, our four children Grainne, Fiona, Barry and Peter, and grandchildren, and a wide circle of fantastic friends. My husband, Maurice, has been a wonderful supporter of me as a human being and as an artist. In fact, early in our relationship, I knew he was a keeper when he bought me a beautiful bunch of pink and white tulips. To save the moment of romance, I made a sketch and painting of the flowers. Maurice then took the picture to his brother who framed it. 3. Shock us — tell us something surprising about yourself I’m WB Yeats’ biggest fan! My daddy used to read us a lot of poetry when we young. He loved poetry and songs and was always whistling when he was at his work as a painter and decorator. From then, something must have stuck in my brain, as I have always loved Yeats’ work. 4. What is your greatest fear? I am such a visual person that my biggest fear would be to lose my sight. Nature brings such joy into my life and I would feel bereft if I couldn’t see and then record it in my art in all its glory. I love to live in the light, so I would hate to be confined to the dark through sight loss. 5. What makes you most happy? Playing with my grandchildren makes me happy. Before I retired, I was an early years teacher so I just love kids. I like to spend time with them when they are first experiencing and trying to make sense of the world. It is such a magical time that you only get one chance to enjoy. 6. And your biggest regret? Like Edith Piaf, I regret nothing! I have learned to just keep on the move. 7. How do you chill out? I go line dancing with my girlfriends. I’ve been doing that at a local venue once a week for over 16 years and I love it. I’m a very active person so just sitting about does not help me to chill out. 8. What’s the most important lesson you have learned in your life? I believe we have all been put on this earth to support one another. If you do that, be sincere and be good to people around you, you will be happy. 9. The book, the song and the film that means the most to you and why? I am currently re-reading Drawing From Life by Gladys McCabe. My favourite song is Otis Redding’s (Sittin’ On) The Dock of The Bay. It is such a visual song. My favourite movie is Philomena, made in 2013. I admire Judi Dench as a great actress and as some of it was filmed near Castlewellan, I recognised lots of the landscapes featured in the movie as scenes from my childhood. 10. If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be and why? My friend Marie says: ‘You can’t improve on perfection!’ Take from that what you will.