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Mandy McKay grew up on a farm near Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape, where she was inspired by the beauty of the natural world surrounding her. This is evident today in much of her work. Her paintings have a unique depth and 'magic' depicting her ability to replicate nature's honesty and simplicity. 'We come from nature, we go back to nature. Life is the bit in between, let us learn from it and respect its power and beauty' she says.

After studying graphic design in the early 80's, Mandy pursued a career in advertising. Several years later she started freelancing, specialising in book design. She created an array of artistic books for several publishing houses in many diverse fields spanning wildlife, travel, natural history and cookery to gardening, history, arts and crafts.

In May 2007, Mandy picked up a paintbrush for the first time. She joined the South African Society of Artists in 2008 and has since exhibited regularly in their annual exhibitions at Kirstenbosch. In 2010, 2012 and 2013 she qualified for SASAs Merit exhibition, winning a 'commended' award in 2013.

Mandy exhibits annually at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival.

Her hiking boots, together with a good camera, have clocked up many kilometres on the Cape Peninsula and other parts of the Western and Eastern Cape. This is where she gathers her inspiration.


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

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Title: View from Lion's Head Walk
Size: 40 x 70 cm
Media: Oil
Price: R 6 500 Framed
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