Kay Boyce was born in Sheffield and studied illustration at college for four years before working as a freelance illustrator producing editorial work for Woman’s Weekly, Bella, My Weekly, Sunday Express and Woman’s Own. Her illustration work has carried her through to major book publishers such as Hodder & Staughton, Wordsworth Romantics, Mills & Boon and Mandarin. During this period, she also produced fine art paintings and drawings that have been sold at various galleries and exhibitions around the UK including, The AOI Gallery and Barbican Centre, London, The Science & Industry Museum, Manchester, Gateway and Bearsteps, Shrewsbury as well as galleries in Ludlow, Knutsford and Chester. Her paintings have also been sold in the USA and Europe. In 1999 Kay exhibited her work at the Sheffield Art Show and her originals fetched record prices. She completed a project for RADA which included portraits of 23 famous actors and actresses with the final work being assessed and approved by Sir Richard Attenborough.