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. What started out as a side hobby has turned into a full time business and I love seeing how it evolves as time goes on and the opportunities that transpire because of it.
All the work is done in my home studio located in Southern California where my own fur babies, 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, traveling (so far I have 5 continents, 17 countries and countless cities under my belt!), visiting with friends and family and exploring everything my little town has to offer. I try to give back as much as I can, and donate work frequently to animal rescue organizations for fundraising purposes.
Browse around and enjoy - if you have any questions please contact me :)