Mandy’s art education began at the Byam Shaw, London, followed by three years at Brighton to complete an honours degree in Fine Art and Illustration. She travelled to Africa to work initially in Zambia in South Luangwa, in Zimbabwe working in an advertising agency, and then gaining valuable experience learning about South African artists with a highly successful gallery in Johannesburg. She was also establishing her own painting style and returned to Zambia for her first one woman show.
She returned to London in 1982 to join a shared studio for a short while before moving to Chichester which has been her home since 1985.
Wildlife took her to the Falkland Islands in 1996 when researching for her first book opened the door to a new world of military subjects from which she has never looked back. Commissions came from the Parachute regiment, Royal Artillery, Royal Airforce of Oman, The Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy. She went on to work for the Special Forces recording international active deployment and has travelled widely to Brunei, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq.
Her portfolio includes subjects both wildlife and domestic, military and portraiture. Her success has come from her open enthusiasm to paint all things in fine detail and this attention to accuracy is complimented by an interpretation of subject material painting with any water soluble medium which is unique to Mandy.
Her ‘other ‘ life is her lifelong commitment to Wildlife Conservation and she supports the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation through her Art and taking safaris worldwide.