Johanne Mangi, Berner Joy, oil on linen, 24 x 36 in; available through artist

How did you develop your unique style?
Johanne Mangi: I have no idea! HaHa!! Actually, I think my experience of painting from life has a lot to do with it. My own pack of dogs have been strong references for me. Most, if not all, commission work is done with photos which is not ideal. Having live dogs around is a handy tool. I’ve developed observational skills over the years that have served me well not only structurally but in their behaviors. If I get lost, I only need to look at one of my furry family.

How do you find inspiration/ do you describe success?
Johanne Mangi: When I first started seriously painting, I was overwhelmed by the choices to paint. Once I identified my true passion I never looked back. I am constantly inspired by animals that I interact with or who has an interesting story. It’s such an important component especially if you define success coming from within. If I don’t paint what’s important to me then how can I be fulfilled? I love accolades and recognition, but I believe you’re only as good as your next painting.

To see more of Johanne’s work, visit:

oil painting of cat portrait
Johanne Mangi, Peaches n’ Cream, oil on linen, 12 x 9 in; available through artist
oil painting of dog portrait
Johanne Mangi, Blenheim Wonder, oil on linen, 10 x 8 in; available through artist


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