About

profile2016Born in England, Mandy studied art throughout school and as part of her BA(Hons) degree. Photography became her creative outlet for mandy years as she moved around England, Scotland and Australia with her IT career. Macro photography was her passion – enabling her to capture in abstract, the colour, texture, shape and pattern in the natural world.

From late 2005, Mandyreaquainted herself with paint, taking classes in many techniques from life drawing to watercolour, acrylic painting and mixed media. Increasingly she found herself becoming more and more constrained by the rules of art and the expectation that things had to “look like something”.

Then everything changed…

In 2012 Mandy was introduced by chance to the world of “Intuitive” painting. The building of layers with no preconceived notion of an expected outcome, going with the flow and painting from the heart. In progressing along this path, she has gained confidence in breaking the rules or perhaps now understands that there actually are no rules… you just do what feels right!

Mandy’s work now draws upon all aspects of her previous creative experiences. She loves to create abstract explorations in paint using exaggerated shape, form, texture and colour to represent the beauty of the natural world, all in her own unique bright and colourful way.

I am at the start of a beautiful journey of discovering that art doesn’t have to be governed by rules. I can paint from the heart, drawing upon the natural world that is all around us. Please enjoy sharing this journey with me.

Mandy Kopelke

Memberships

Professional Member of NAVA (National Association for the Visual Arts)

Art Shows, Exhibitions and Events

2016 HeArt’s of Hope initiative in aid of Plan International’s “Because I am a Girl” campaign in conjunction with my “Cycle for Girls” in Cambodia

2016 Holiday painting and clay workshops for children

2015-2017 One-off art project days for children, Northern Beaches Christian School

2015-2017 Regular stall holder at the Coal Loader Artisan’s Market, Waverton

2014 St Ives Show, Art Competition

2014 Painting of a traffic signal box as part of the Lane Cove Council TSB Art Initiative

2013/14 Lane Cove Art Society Mini Exhibition, Westpac Bank, Lane Cove

2013 Art on Loftus Exhibition

2013 Glenaeon Art Show

2013 Lane Cove Art Prize Exhibition

2013 Changeable Art Exhibition, North Sydney

2012 Springwood Art Show

2011 Life Drawing Exhibition, Roseville Art Centre

2011 Art on Loftus Exhibition