My love of illustration and passion for animals came together to create this shop where I specialize in gouache portraits. It wasn't a planned thing- I fell into it after I painted a portrait of my pup just for fun a few years ago. A neighbor saw the finished work, commissioned me to create one of his dogs, and Art by Manda was officially born.
I'm so thankful for how those events shaped my future and I feel blessed everyday that I get to combine these passions and create art for a living. I love what I do and try to give back as much as I can- I frequently donate work to animal rescues for fundraising purposes.
All the work is done in my home studio where my own furry monsters, a dog named Abby and a cat named Dexter, keep me company.
When I'm not in the studio painting I can be found playing outside, daydreaming about far off places ( aka: plotting how to get there), visiting with friends and family and exploring everything my little town has to offer.
Browse around and enjoy - if you have any questions please contact me!