Artist at Easel

How did you get started?
Johanne Mangi: I always had some drawing utensil in my hand whether it was crayon, pencil, pastels, whatever. Didn’t matter that I couldn’t draw either. I was young and naïve, but I just knew I had to do something creative. Painting, other than paint by numbers, came later in life. I had a friend who dragged me to a class that basically did wall art. We used tints with BIN, a house paint. It was then that I decided to take drawing seriously so that maybe I could learn how to paint better. First and foremost, I wasn’t afraid to try things and experiment.

How do you describe success?
Johanne Mangi: Success is more internal for me. Yes, I love awards but frankly I know when I’ve painted something really good and when I haven’t. When it’s really good you don’t need to be told. You feel it. I paint whatever excites me, but my biggest inspiration comes from my animals and surrounding wildlife. I have endless subject matter. So much to paint and so little time!

To see more of Johanne’s work, visit:

oil painting of a male lion resting
Johanne Mangi, “Sand River Pride,” WIP (detail), oil on linen, 14 x 18 in., 2023
oil painting of 3 dogs running towards viewer
Johanne Mangi, “Berner Joy,” oil on linen, 24 x 36 in., 2023



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