Mandy Lake was born in Surrey, UK in 1968 and grew up in Johannesburg. Her love for painting developed under the tutelage of André Naudé and Simon Stone. Mandy earned a degree in history and art history at the University of Cape Town, and studied sculpture and illustration at the Foundation School of Art in Cape Town.

Mandy has had a professional career in design, illustration and publishing, yet continued to explore sculptural ceramics and painting. In 2009, she joined Julia Teale’s Spencer Street Studios in Salt River.

With Julia’s inspiration and encouragement Mandy’s love for the ocean became a passion to paint it, to explore and seek to capture the wondrousness of its ever-changing moods, the ceaseless movement, the power, the light, the tranquillity.