Fay studied History of Art at Sussex University in the late 1970s and worked at the Museum of London, Royal Academy of Arts and Tate, where she was involved in the creation of Tate Modern. She completed an MA Fine Art at Central Saint Martin’s in 2006. Commissioned by The Prince of Wales to paint flora at Highgrove, her plant portraits have been exhibited widely, including the RA, Museum of Gardening History and New York School of Interior Design. They are in collections including HRH The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Prince's Foundation and and Dr Shirley Sherwood.  Fay was elected to the Royal Watercolour Society in 2007 and served as a trustee of Camden Arts Centre and the Victoria Miro Education Trust.

The death of her mother in 1964 when Fay was seven, and of her father, the novelist J G Ballard, in 2009 became the catalyst for major change in her work. Clearing the family home, Fay began to draw her mother from discovered photos as well as family possessions which evoked strong memories. These drawings were exhibited in ‘House Clearance’ at Eleven Spitalfields Gallery, London in 2014, at & Model Gallery Leeds in 2015 alongside new work. Recent drawings were shown at Caroline Wiseman Aldeburgh and at the Centre for Recent Drawing in London. The Drawing Center New York selected Fay for a Recognition Award for her drawing at the 'Thinking Through Drawing' symposium and show in 2015.  New Hall Art Collection and Winsor & Newton have acquired drawings.

Fay is a member of the Drawing Room Professional Network. She teaches, most recently, at the RCA and Camberwell Art School.





Photograph by Mike Briggs.