Born in Derby 1967 My studio is based in Heage where I live and work. I have been drawing and painting as long as I can remember since a little girl, I have always had interests in arts and creativity. I would be drawing and painting at every opportunity I had day or night. I am to be inspired by life and everything around me, it was the same with colour I was able to see colour that others may not see I just seemed to be able to see so many colours and bring them together through my own eyes. I enjoyed art and everything about it creativity ran in my veins. Also a young gymnast I was constantly expressing myself through music and dance and these different creatives were my world my family encouraged me. A late starter as a professional artist having worked full time and bringing up a young son but I still drew and painted and painted at every spare opportunity that was all I wanted to do.
In the late 90’s after redundancy from a job I took the opportunity to study the History of art the Impressionists era I felt drawn to them especially Monet the salon de refuse and their eagerness to express art in their own way drew my attention this lead to other interests in the modern art world artists such as Andy Warhol and Gustav Klimt their life and stories intrigued me, further more Frida Kahlo and Georgia O’keeffe all have been an inspiration. In 2008 after another redundancy due to a recession there were no jobs for a long time in my area I took the opportunity to become a self-employed artist and shared a gallery and studio space with a local photographer, eventually I opened a small studio Muse art Gallery & studio and exhibited my arts together with local artists and even held my own mini art festival, it was an amazing time and it grew well by its own nature a lovely local gem that everyone loved. I decided it was time to concentrate fully on my own artworks and now my studio is home-based. I love being in my studio I love to paint oversized portraits and landscapes including Pop Art my idea’s of life are interpreted into my art it is a constant process in my life. My paintings are an interpretation of me, my thoughts my sensitive’s, my dreams my emotions and how I see life around me.
In 2007 I had one my first art exhibition’s at View From The Top Gallery in Nottingham, followed by Studio 61 Gallery.I have exhibited in various Art gallery's as shown in exhibition information.
Public Art Exhibitions
DepArtures Art Exhibitions EMA, East Midlands Airport, 2012
Desperate Artwives Public Takeover was held outside TATE Modern on 6 August 2017. The event was led by curator and artist Amy Dignam and artist Susan B. Merrick, Desperate Artwives all over the world participated in the event. As a member of The Desperate Artwives collective living in England Mandy-Jayne Ahlfors participated via social media using the hashtag #uniteddespitethedistance.
The National Gallery of Justice Museum in Nottingham, Aqueduct Cottage project, Cromford. Further exhibition information.
Aqueduct Cottage, Cromford, Derbyshire-A collection of wildlife and landscape paintings to public highlight the surrounding area, Wildlife and the Aqueduct cottage and its history.
My work has been featured in Derbyshire’s award winning art magazine publication Artsbeat. Featured artwork Dripping Mini Cooper view here by Saatchiartonline curated Pop Art. Artists and Illustrators Magazine, features online also include The Palette Pages, The Cult House & The New Fat Design agency, The Happy Idiot Blog, Positive Minds Blog, The New Fat Design Agency, Nottingham. Another
Featured art exhibition at The National Gallery of Justice in Nottingham on BBC East Midlands News
Best for service by Houzz 2016
Previous Gallery Owner Muse Art Gallery & Studio, Heage, Derbyshire
Member of The Midlands En Plein Air Group.
Previous member of Belper Arts Collaborative the Belper Arts Collaborative the first local art Festival held in 2013 founded by George Grumby and Suzanne Parnell.