Manda McKay painting  

Manda McKay is a medical and veterinary illustrator turned painter living in Athens, Georgia. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and her master’s degree from the Medical College of Georgia. She then worked for two years as the illustrator at Auburn University's College of Veterinary Medicine before returning to Athens to freelance in veterinary illustration.


Manda is new to the fine art world, but her paintings have been displayed in numerous solo and juried exhibitions in the Southeast. In 2013, she won Best in Show in the Southworks juried exhibition. Her artwork has appeared on album covers for local bands, which is practically a requirement for an Athens artist.


A love of nature is evident in her subject matter. Feathers, shells, bones, fruit, and flowers are arranged in bold, simple compositions. The influence of her former profession can be seen in her realistic technique, but unlike medical illustrations, her paintings are meant to persuade rather than inform.


“I hope that my paintings will start a conversation about humanitarian and environmental issues,” she says. “I want people to question our culture. ”

Manda McKay

   

Photos by Chris McKay

 

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