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.
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.