Mandy McKay Mandy grew up on a farm near Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape, where she was inspired by the natural beauty surrounding her.

After studying graphic design in the early 80's Mandy pursued a career in advertising. She then started her own business as a freelance graphic designer, specialising in book design. She created an array of beautiful books for several publishing houses, covering many diverse fields including wildlife, travel, natural history, cookery, 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 exhibited regularly at their annual exhibitions at Kirstenbosch. In 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 she qualified for SASA's Merit exhibition, winning commended awards in 2013 and 2017. Art Portfolio and Original Cape Art invite Mandy to partake in their group exhibitions at Kirstenbosch. The Grahamstown National Arts Festival in June/July has become an annual event. The Cape Gallery holds regular exhibitions in which Mandy has participated. Two of her wildlife paintings have been used in a BBC film series, titled 'The Crown' released worldwide, in 2016. Mandy is represented by Fillingdon Fine Art, in High Wycombe in the UK.

Her hiking boots, together with a trusty camera, have clocked up many kilometres around the Western and Eastern Cape. This is where she gathers her inspiration. Mandy sells her work at galleries in and around Cape Town and also privately from her studio at home in Pinelands, which she shares with her husband Peter.