Mandy Johnson, whose childhood drawings of peaches were always hot pink, started her passion early, taking inspiration from the animal menagerie on her family’s Scotland Neck, NC farm. A college and real world art education at Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida, got her rolling. She took a brief twenty year break to seek higher education, teach art to middle school students, and to raise her daughter.
Since 1998, Mandy has returned to her painting passion full-time, conveying her vision of every day life in the south. Her use of negative space, strong sense of design, and figure ground relationships all contribute to the success of the work. The freedom to mold and distort, to create motion and mood, to highlight and compliment by color… these are signature qualities of Mandy’s work. The artist makes her home in Morehead City, North Carolina.