From a young age, Mandy was surrounded and inspired by the natural beauty of her family farm, near Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape. Her creative drive led her along a path of visual expression.
She studied graphic design, persuing a career in advertising. Then she started her own business, designing an array of high quality books for several publishing houses, covering wild life, travel, natural history, cookery, gardening, history - and inevitably arts and crafts. One of these was on the life and work of South African artist Frederike Stokhuyzen Born to be an Artist . It was after this that Mandy decided she had to paint.
In May 2007, at age 48, she took the creative leap and picked up a paintbrush for the first time. She had oil painting lessons with Edie Wilson Smith and then with Adolfo McQue, whose mentorship established her recognisable painting technique and use of colour. She also attended regular workshops with Lesley Charnock.
In 2008, Mandy joined The South African Society of Artists and since has participated regularly at their annual exhibitions at Kirstenbosch. In 2010 – 2017 she qualified for SASA’s Merit Exhibition, winning a Commended Award in 2013 and 2017. Art Portfolio and Original Cape Art invite Mandy to show at their regular exhibitions, also at Kirstenbosch. She’s also a regular at the Cape Gallery’s group exhibitions. Mandy is one of the featured artists in The SA ARTISTS June 2017 edition.
Mandy and her husband Peter, take road trips several times a year throughout South Africa, gathering subject matter along the way. Exhibiting at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival in June/July has become an annual event. The Cape Gallery represents her in Cape Town and Fillingdon Fine Art in High Wycombe in the UK. Her work is available in other galleries in the Western Cape and also from her studio in Pinelands, Cape Town.
Mandy has been awarded special commissions by private admirers and regular clients. And two of her wildlife paintings have featured in a BBC film series, The Crown , released worldwide in 2016. Vital to Mandy’s work are her well-used hiking boots and camera. They have clocked
up many inspirational kilometres in the Western
and Eastern Cape.
Wildlife, adventure and narrative, annual wildlife exhibition at The Cape Gallery
Pause; the annual wildlife exhibition at The Cape Gallery
A point of view; group exhibition at The Cape Gallery
Encounters; annual wildlife exhibition at The Cape Gallery
Group exhibition at The Cape Gallery
'She walks the paths she paints', a solo exhibition at the Cape Gallery
Artist: MANDY McKAY
Title: Aloes and an Old Fence
Size: 80 x 120 cm
Media: Oil on canvas
Price: R 18 000 Framed