Mackey’s painting studio is in a converted mayonnaise factory at the edge of the Mission district in San Francisco. The neighborhood, with its old industrial buildings, and the city itself have inspired much of her work over the last decade as have the other cities to which she regularly travels: London and New York.
Before becoming a painter Mackey worked in the architectural world in the UK, after achieving a First Class (Honors) degree in Interior Architecture from Manchester University. She spent 14 years practicing and teaching in London before she moved to San Francisco in 1996. Her relocation coincided with her decision to develop her interest in architectural and urban environments within a more visual medium.
In her recent solo shows, Patterns in the City (New York, 2013) and Quiet Spaces (Laguna Beach CA, 2015), Mackey explored unplanned patterns and textures found in the urban environment, and spaces within industrial buildings. She has been featured in many group shows and several museum shows including The Landscape Revealed (Saint Mary’s College Art Museum CA); Chain Reaction (De Saisset Art Museum, Santa Clara University, CA); and Urbanscapes (Firehouse Arts Center, Pleasanton CA).
Her work is now being represented by galleries in San Francisco, Southern California, and New York, and her paintings can be found in private collections around the world, from Australia, Dubai and Beijing to Europe and the UK. In the US her paintings can also be found in corporate collections and in US Government offices.
Mackey is also avid traveler and takes her sketchbook wherever she goes. A travel scholarship award took her to India, and she can regularly be found drawing in places as disparate as a Mexican graveyard, a Moroccan livestock market, or a Croatian monastery. Her drawings often lead to studio paintings and always inform her use of pattern and color in her work.
Mackey continues to find inspiration in the urban environment and is constantly experimenting with new ways of seeing and communicating the delights which she finds there.