Mandy Herdien studied at Ruth Prowse School of Art and graduated in 2010. She has been a member of South African Society of Artists (SASA) since 2007 and has exhibited regularly in the Members, Annual and Merit exhibitions. In 2016 she was awarded Best Drawing in the Annual Exhibition. She joined the Constantiaberg Art Society (CAS) in 2015. Her painting ‘Let the music play’ was awarded best painting in their mid-year art competition. She has been a finalist in 2014, 2015 and 2017 in the Hermanus FynArts competition. She made the top 200 in the 2015 National Portrait Competition.
Prior to studying at Ruth Prowse, Mandy was a teacher of Mathematics and Science at a High School. After many years of teaching she felt the need to explore a creative avenue and to fulfil her dream and passion of making art a career. As a qualified and experienced teacher, Mandy enjoys working with children. She finds the creative buzz and energy of enthusiastic students a stimulus for her own creations.
She loves the outdoors and travels extensively in the countryside for her inspiration. She is an avid hiker and experiences nature first hand, depicting this in her artwork. She uses bold colours and lively brushstrokes to create a vivid portrayal of her subject matter. Acrylics, oils, pastels and mixed media work, serves as a means to capture her energetic painting and drawing style.
From the beaches, harbours, wine lands and mountains to the dusty township roads and city streets, Cape Town has a wealth of inspiration on offer to the discerning eye. This diversity is reflected in Mandy’s many approaches and techniques as well as subject matter.