We had the good fortune of connecting with Manda McKay and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Manda, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
I create my artwork in order to share a vision of a better future. I attempt to shine a spotlight on social ills and dismantle the patriarchy that has caused so much suffering for so many. My paintings have been exhibited at major shows and viewed by thousands of attendees, so I hope I’ve been able to influence at least a few people. The reactions to my work make me think I’m on the right track.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I paint realistic still lifes of assembled natural objects. These paintings are meant to share my viewpoint of social issues. For example, I depicted a flower precariously balanced on cactus spines. Titled “No One Harms Respected Ladies,” this painting was a response to a lawyer’s feelings about sexual assault. I often receive inspiration for my designs through visions and through chance findings of items in the woods or on the beach that make their way into my paintings.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
In Athens, I would begin with the woods right behind my house. I would show them the moss covered living bridge over the gully and stream, and the rocky rapids downstream. I would also show off the tree that owns itself and the double barreled cannon. We would attend local concerts and definitely eat at The Grit, a vegetarian restaurant. And of course we’d visit the local galleries and museums!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My mother, Kathee Stahl, who taught me to draw and paint and always encouraged my artistic tendencies.