Art has been a passion for me all my life.
For many years, and while pursuing a career in marketing, Mandy studied life drawing, sculpture, painting, drawing, graphic design, art history and joinery. In 2000 she eventually decided to give in whole heartedly to her passion and became a full time artist.
Mandy is best known for seascape paintings. However, she enjoys painting other things such as food and people too. Mandy's paintings tend to be realistic. She has chosen to do this because of strong feelings towards the subjects she portrays.
We all go through life taking things for granted so I like to bring interesting things to people’s attention. For example, I might choose an interesting perspective on a landscape, or a person everyone is ignoring.
The act of painting brings me so close to the subject. I get to know it intimately and I value that highly. A part of me goes into every painting.
Mandy lived many years abroad, in England, the United States and Switzerland, and that has taught her to really appreciate the environment. Light, the natural world and her own personal interests (music, dancing and food) that inspire her. She lives by the sea and the ever changing scenery is a constant inspiration. Mandy especially loves painting water.
Mandy's commissions include paintings of the London Array Offshore Wind Farm. Several of these were exhibited at Turner Contemporary in England for the wind farm’s inauguration. She was asked to put a sculpture into the award winning Marcel Duchamp Festival. She has also been commissioned to do portraits, paintings for corporate exhibition stands, artwork for greetings cards and paintings for hanging in offices and homes.
Mandy's work is in the collections of private individuals and corporations in England, France, South Africa, United Arab Emirates and the United States.
Mandy's work has sold through the Castle Art Gallery, Canterbury and McNeill Gallery, London. She has exhibited in London, other cities in England, Boulogne (France) and Etaples (France).