How do you find inspiration?
Johanne Mangi: Once I found subject matter that excited me, I never needed to worry about finding inspiration. If anything, I am surrounded by too much inspiration! So much to paint and so little time! Subject matter is endless and even if I had trouble finding it all I’d have to do is paint my own motley 4-legged crew. I remember when I first started to seriously paint, I would spend countless hours trying to figure out what I wanted to paint. It seems ridiculous to me now.
What is the most interesting thing you have painted/sculpted and why?
Johanne Mangi: The most interesting project I’ve encountered recently happens to be when I was commissioned to paint a beautiful dog who literally had no eyes. Since I am known for my expressive, soulful eyes this was an incredible challenge. Upon meeting this sweet little girl, I quickly understood what made her special. Lucie didn’t need eyes to communicate with her owners nor to live a near normal life. She was a rescue with spunk who was adored. Sadly, she passed away unexpectedly during the painting process. More than anything I felt I had to honor her memory. I think I achieved that.
I am in love with the process and the endless potential for learning. I can never quite understand when someone asks me if I still enjoy what I do. Are they crazy or what??
To see more of Johanne’s work, visit: www.johannemangi.com