About Mandi Baykaa-Murray
I am an artist…
I have loved drawing & painting for as long as I can remember. It has taken my whole lifetime to finally give my creativity purpose and be proud to do what I love and give it a title – ‘ARTIST.’
As a child, I was surrounded by animals and wildlife – back then I took it all for granted. Now it is at the heart of what inspires me to paint, especially birds of prey, these creatures really make me tick.
I studied Printmaking as a ‘mature student’ in my 20’s. Printmaking enabled me to discover a working process that offered me unlimited options to experiment where the subject didn’t matter – everything I did back then was Abstract. After college, I specialised in photography. I realise now, that was being an artist too – just making beautiful pictures using a camera rather than paintbrushes.
One day I met a falconer and his birds of prey. I was compelled to paint them and I haven’t looked back. I didn’t have a clue how to paint – it just happened. Spending time with the Birds of Prey has inspired so much of my artwork – in particular, my greatest achievement to date, ‘Feathered Friend’. This piece was selected as a finalist in the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of The Year 2014 where it sold during the Exhibition in The Mall Galleries, London. This success gave me recognition and a huge confidence boost to keep doing what I’m doing!
I have a gorgeous little dog and our daily walks in the countryside take me back close to nature. Not only do our walks provide inspiration for potential paintings, they also allow me valuable headspace and thinking time.
I treasure my ‘painting time’ when peace and quiet happens. I have recently moved my art materials into our very tiny spare room as my ‘studio’ which is a luxury I am grateful for.
Since I started painting, I’ve also discovered Facebook and Instagram. These social media have given me a wonderful network of people who understand, inspire, and support me. We share our creativity, they encourage me and understand what I love to do, and they even buy my work which is both humbling and exciting every single time it happens… Thank you.
Now you’ve read all about me, I hope you’ll spend some time looking through my website at my creations…and that you will enjoy looking at them as much as I enjoyed painting them. There’s a little piece of me in each and every one.