About the Artist

JOURNEY

Mandy was blessed to be born into a family of diverse creatives. Her father was her biggest fan and encouraged her to dream and create art from the time she was very young. She was honored to be accepted as a full-time student at the prestigious National School of the Arts in South Africa when she was only twelve years old and she never stopped growing and inventing 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. 

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

My creative journey is instructed by this mystery; that the chaotic randomness of nature is impossibly perfect and forbiddingly beautiful with every movement of time.  Nature never tries to be perfect, it simply rests in its imperfect magnificence. 

Pattern and color are my muses as I lean into the secrets of the created realm. I make art that explores the intimacy between chaos and structure, where the vulnerably imperfect yet deliberate, heighten the awareness of mystery behind created things.

                                                                               ~Mandy Adendorff