Greenock-born Anne McKay is a graduate of Glasgow School of Art, which she attended during the 1980s. From 1990 until 2004, she taught art in several secondary schools in the Inverclyde area. She also led a number of workshops in local primary schools, adult evening classes and taught children with special and behavioural needs. In 2004, Anne left teaching to become a personal assistant to the painter, Peter Howson. During this period she gained significant experience in working with adults with special needs, particularly those with autism and Asperger syndrome. This post lasted until 2011, after which she started to work full time as an artist. Her artwork includes portraits, landscapes, figure compositions and still lifes. She lives in Gourock and like many of the Absent Voices artists has a close personal connection to the sugar industry in the town. She continues to tutor adult workshops and in primary schools.