Valerie Mangion

Artist Statement:

I sometimes describe my work as “Midwest Magic Regionalism.” I paint mostly in oil on wood panels. I am a narrative artist and addicted journal keeper, driven to tell stories in written form in my journals and in visual form in my paintings.

I am continuing to do paintings about wildlife, domesticated animals and the landscape, as we all head into uncharted territory, coping with unprecedented climate change. I hope to convey not only my endless concern about the way we are ruining our environment, affecting all other species and resources, but also my love and appreciation for this planet and all it has given us. I really want to make paintings that are beautiful to look at, even when the subject matter is not just a paean to beauty.


I was raised in two Chicago suburbs, Glen Ellyn and Long Grove, IL.  I hated high school, so I graduated at the end of my junior year and went right to college in Champaign/Urbana, where I got a BFA.

Valerie Mangion
Born in a Manger by Valerie Mangion
Born in a Manger
6 x 8 in.
Dewey's Chinny-Chin-Chin by Valerie Mangion
Dewey's Chinny-Chin-Chin
6 x 6 in.
Fire in the Snow by Valerie Mangion
Fire in the Snow
36 x 48 in.
Gibbon over Wisconsin by Valerie Mangion
Gibbon over Wisconsin
7.25 x 5 in.
Milkweed by Valerie Mangion
11.75 x 11.75 in.
Night Vision: Three by Valerie Mangion
Night Vision: Three
23.25 x 33.5 in.
Nosedive by Valerie Mangion
20 x 20 in.
Now Do You Like My Rat? by Valerie Mangion
Now Do You Like My Rat?
12 x 12 in.
Pepe's Nightmare by Valerie Mangion
Pepe's Nightmare
12 x 14 in.
Secret Meeting of the Gingers by Valerie Mangion
Secret Meeting of the Gingers
42.18 x 54.06 in.
Stumpy Trunky by Valerie Mangion
Stumpy Trunky
20 x 16 in.
Talented Pug by Valerie Mangion
Talented Pug
6 x 8 in.