Good morning everyone, we here at CGP hope all of you here in the US enjoyed the holiday weekend.
Living at the beach Labor Day marks the turning point in the year when the hotels, restaurants, and parking lots begin to see more space available which is fantastic for a local except that summer is on it’s way out too. But, before summer fades into fall let’s begin this week with our artist spotlight shining on Mandy Johnson of North Carolina.
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, North Carolina 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 everyday 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 are the signature qualities of Mandy’s work. She currently makes her home in Morehead City, North Carolina.