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“Being a second generation artist, art restorer I am comfortable handing various mediums. Painting enplein-aire feeds my soul. My paintings are an expressive, impressionistic style that engage the viewer.”
“My paintings capture the essence of the land, the mystery, a mood, an emotion, or perhaps just a dream. Because the act of painting is paramount, I empty myself, become one with my surroundings, and allow the painting to emerge.”
A major influence in Gloria's work and "nurturer of the wonder" was her father, Antonio E. Mani, a well-known artist and founder of the Columbus School of Art. She also studied with two of the preeminent instructors of the century, Robert Brackman and Robert Beverly Hale at the Art Student League of New York. Gloria attended the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida and has participated in numerous workshops given by nationally acclaimed artists including: Wolf Kahn at the Columbus Museum in Columbus, Georgia and John Budicin and Lynn Gertenbach of the Plein Air Painters of America in Fallbrook, California and Bennington, Vermont.
Among her many awards and professional recognition, Gloria was listed as "one of the most influential people in the Arts in Columbus, Georgia in the past 100 years" by the Columbus Ledger Enquirer. In 1990, Gloria received the First Place Art Award at the National League of American Pen Women at the Georgia State Convention. She was top designer and painter of art furniture for the Sugar Hill catalog, and has been collected by celebrities such as John Travolta and Natalie Cole. Among Gloria's many exhibitions was a show at AGORA Gallery Soho , New York City, New York entitled "Elements of Nature".
Gloria is a Founding Member of Joseph House Gallery and has had memberships in:
• Oil Painters of America
• Columbus Artist Guild
• American Institute of Conservation
• Society of Gilders
• Charleston Outdoor Painters Association
• Carmel Art Association