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Mandy McKay specialises in
oil painting, working from
her studio in Pinelands,
Cape Town. Having worked
in the advertising and
publishing industries for
several years, her graphic
design experience now
complements her
painting career.

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 – 2019 she qualified for SASA’s Merit exhibitions, winning commended awards in 2013, 2017 and 2019. Art Portfolio and Original Cape Art invite Mandy to partake in their group exhibitions at Kirstenbosch regularly.

Exhibiting at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival in June/July has become an annual event. The Cape Gallery holds regular exhibitions in which Mandy has participated and her first solo exhibition with the gallery was in May 2018. Two of her wildlife paintings have been used in the BBC film series, The Crown. 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 passion and inspiration for South Africa’s beautiful landscapes. Mandy sells her work at galleries in and around Cape Town and also privately from her studio and gallery at home in Pinelands, which she shares with her husband Peter.

Enjoy browsing through these pages. If you have any queries, please get in touch with Mandy, details on the contact page.