Jesse Mangerson painting mushrooms

Jesse Mangerson paints a scene with mushrooms in his home studio.

For contemporary realist painter Jesse Mangerson, the artistic path hasn’t been a straight line, but a journey packed with meaning.

At the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire, Mangerson chose illustration as his major. “I liked the idea of drawing situations, of explaining things,” he says.

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Katie Vaughn is a Madison-area writer specializing in art, travel, family and features topics. Katie earned degrees in journalism and art history from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and a master’s in journalism from Stanford University and has spent much of her career at magazines, including eight years as managing editor of Madison Magazine. These days, in addition to writing, Katie loves traveling, painting, running and spending time with her family.