About the Artist
Mandy's Creative Journey
She is a lover art, flowers and beauty of all kinds. Her family was blessed with a diversity of artists and her father encouraged her to dream and create art from the time she was very young. When Mandy Adendorff was twelve years old she was accepted as a full-time student at the prestigious National School of the Arts in Johannesburg, South Africa. She continued her studies as an art education teacher and continues to grow and invent through self study and through the influence and instruction of many wonderful artists. Mandy believes in the necessity of being a forever student.
When Mandy was in her teenage years she had an unusual encounter with Jeshua Messiah (Jesus). This was a surprising experience for Mandy as a Jewish girl, especially since she had never attended church or heard much about Jesus. But one evening while she was praying to God in her bedroom, she experienced Jesus presence in a most real and powerful way. And though she had not believed in Jesus before she now burned with a secret love forHim. She soon realized that her love for art was a gift directly from God and she continued to develop her gift with passion.
Growing up in South Africa, Mandy's heart was moved by the hopelessness of a generation broken by racial injustice and violence. In her search to find a way to impact to the hearts of the young people, she discovered something remarkable about art: As she painted for her audience, the presence of God could be felt and hope would rise and overpower pain and mistrust. And so began her unusual ministry of combining art with speaking in 1993.
Mandy’s belief in the power of creativity and her passion for Africa led her to create art workshops to be used in third world countries. She has taught these art workshops to impoverished communities both in Uganda and Rwanda.
There’s something about the confidence of messy autumn leaves that interrupt groomed gardens and the vulnerable assurance of the unrivalled peony even when dropping her last petals. Nature never tries to be perfect, it simply rests in its imperfect magnificence.
That quality of being known and seen in the rawness of imperfection is the pulse of my work. I make art that explores the intimacy between perfection and imperfection, where the unexpected and the vulnerably imperfect heighten the awareness of what is perfect.