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Stela Mandel

Sausalito, CA

Whether it is my need to understand the workings of the subjects in my paintings or the way I repurpose medical imaging in my mixed media work my art reflects my background as a Medical Illustrator. Like the scientists I have worked with I begin with a thesis or goal and run with the surprises that come as I pursue that goal.

Art has been a driving force in my life as far as I can remember. As a teenager, I majored in advertising and illustration at the High School of Art and Design in New York City.

After studying art in college, teaching special education in the Bronx and designing country music album covers in Nashville I found my career calling – Medical Illustration. Graduate school brought me to San Francisco where my studies included anatomy, physiology, surgery and medical and scientific illustration.

For the next few decades I worked as a Medical Illustrator while making art whenever I could. These days I am able to make more art. The balance shifts from year to year. For me, these 2 vocations are complementary in expected and unexpected ways and I am grateful to have both.

Figurative Paintings

Stela Mandel