Originally from upstate New York, Jackie Mangione loved to paint from an early age. Choosing her older sister’s make up box (red lipsticks, black eyeliners and blue eyeshadows) to create colorful works of art on paper. She soon signed up for art lessons and sold her first painting of a Vermont snow scene at age 13. Jackie went on to college and earned her BFA from Pratt Institute and, following graduation, was a freelance photographer and studio assistant for several NYC photographers before moving to Vermont. Her freelance work has been published in The Daily News, Newsday and the National Trust for Historic Preservation publication.
After moving to Vermont, Jackie started working at a local summer camp that fostered the arts. So she began exploring more ways to fit art into her work schedule. She soon started her own business, called Nature Inspired Designs. She also demonstrates and teaches art at large group events and offers private lessons in her studio.
“I enjoy getting paint on everything! I paint with watercolors, gouache and acrylic paints on two and three dimensional surfaces. My current subject matter mixes landscape and architecture to illustrate local landmarks in Burlington and Winooski. I am intrigued by landmarks that stand the test of time. From the industrial sections of town to the newer sections that are being refurbished.”
“In Winooski, the history of the working mills along the riverbanks, and how they grew through the use of hydroelectricity, fascinates me. Our industrial past was less than one hundred years ago, but look how far we have come.”
“What does our past tell us? What can we do to learn from what was built, in order to be responsible to the environment and our future generations? These are questions that intrigue me. The architectural legacy of our past is now being re-invented and put to good use. Thankfully, the factories are no longer filled with children and low wage workers toiling away. Instead it is a mix of residential and retail spaces, along with high tech industrial neighbors.. The mix of the natural environment that is so rich in Vermont, coupled with the human infrastructure, is what I try to capture in this series of paintings that I have created.”
Jackie became a juried member of Vermont Hand Crafters in 2004 and her excellent work can be seen at CraftVermont, the annual show presented by Vermont Hand Crafters each November at the Sheraton Conference Center in South Burlington, Vermont.