I’m Brenda Mangalore.
I create art that’s about connection to ourselves, and to each other.
Art is like faith and love, chaos and structure. There is beauty in the mess!
And if we let it, it can be an anchor of self-expression
in our spaces and in our lives.
You may be celebrating a big life milestone, or simply want your space to reflect more of what you feel and believe in a way that’s beautiful and creative.
This is my calling:
To inspire ambitious & spiritual women to live a life of JOYFUL PURPOSE in connection with creativity - with YOUR Muse.
I want to create art that strikes a chord in your heart, and resonates with you on a sublime level, beyond words.
My work may simply click with you aesthetically, or you may find deeper meaning there. There’s no wrong way to connect with it!
So trust your intuition. What do you see? How does it make you feel?
This isn't just my story – it's also yours.
Whether bringing art into your home, or giving it to another, you can commission me to create a piece just for you, or buy one of my prints.
I’m known for multi-layered colourful abstract paintings, and intricate free-form black-and-white typographic drawings.
There is a process to putting “you” in every custom piece. We work together to dig deep and make something with meaning.
Because art should be more than just something pretty to look at.
ART CAN BE SOMETHING DEEPER THAT INSPIRES YOU TO LOOK INTO YOURSELF, EXPRESS YOURSELF… AND CONNECT WITH YOURSELF.
I’ve always had a love affair with the visual world, with a deep passion for colour and light. I am interested in the truth, our inner emotional landscapes and practicing living a life that is both fully present AND full of faith.
I believe that we should surround ourselves only with things that are immensely useful or beautiful. There is so much beauty in this life, we should embrace it completely — including the lessons & the painful scary.
I practice this (as much as I can) in partnership and intimate relationship with the divine — God, Jesus & Spirit. I love all three. Whether that's the meditative drawings of favourite Bible verses or painting colours chosen by the partnership of my intuition and my spiritual practice.
My faith (as well as my life as a wife & mother) are a big part of the inspiration behind my work. You can read more in my articles on my work and musings on life, love and faith on my blog.
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FANCY ARTIST STATEMENT
I paint multi layered, mostly abstract, acrylic paintings.
Sometimes my paintings are a whisper of colour, soul & imagination, inviting you to explore and discover hidden details. Sometimes they are a chaotic struggle as the abstract nature battle with organic & figurative forms.
My work is shaped by change, experimentation & questions raised in my daydreams and spiritual practice which involves meditations on life and our inner landscape. The depth and subtlety of colours, play of pattern and detail are born from my past as a designer; consciously designed to evoke visual & emotional reactions.
On the other hand, I also strive to allow intuition and the inspiration of the moment to take over. My intuition is honed by my Christian faith and a daily practice to listen to the divine (sometimes called a prayer). Life is a dance of chaos and (attempts of) control – gifting us our unique perspectives which add a richer tapestry of experience to our inner landscape. This dance is reflected in my practice to allow the painting to emerge naturally, surrendering to surprising changes along the way. Like a memory of a dream filtered by emotions & intuition.
Layering free flowing colour with organic shapes and symbols means the process of creation is another facet of the story. A story of change and the capriciousness of life, while still seeking windows of understanding or just anchors to contain the chaos.
My love of detail can also be found hidden in my works, like the whispers from our heart or the still quiet voice of God. Reserved only for those who pause to take a closer look.
My drawings are also the result of free-form intuition working with my trained desire for planned design. The intricate abstract details are drawn freely, purely from a semi-subconscious level; a mirror of the exploration and meditations in my painting practice.
These abstract lines also seek some containment among the chaos by forming the silhouette of recognisable shapes in letter-forms. Consciously and thoughtfully designed with typography and hand lettering to directly inspire & encourage the viewer. Providing relief with a direct message among the chaos of detail and secret words among the abstract details.