Mary Manning fell in love with art and stays in the spell of enchantment of landscapes from the spectacular vistas presented around her home and beyond. In oils, acrylics, watercolors and gilding, Mary captures a beauty beyond the surface of places. “I love how photographs freeze a moment in time,” Mary says. “In my work, painting reflects an inner essence,” what the Japanese call seeing with the eye, through the heart, and flowing from the brush.
At the University of California, Berkeley, and Stanford University in Palo Alto, Mary studied Japanese and Chinese painting techniques, which she applies to western landscapes. In Berkeley she painted murals, learning to paint large works. Her largest work today is on exhibit at Arrowhead Gallery inside the Electric Theater in St. George, Utah. She also keeps a studio there with more of her artwork on display.
In 2022 Mary became an Associate Artist with Manhattan Arts International, where she was curated into HerStory, an online exhibit of 100 women artists, and the online exhibit of The Influence of Nature on Artists in the Healing Power of Art. In the new contemporary art gallery at Sunset Framer and Gallery in St. George, Utah, Mary shows her most contemporary pieces. She also exhibits at Arte’ Framng and Gallery in St. George, Utah.
Her most recent award for first place came in the Spring 2022 Dixie Watercolor Society exhibit. She has shown at the Springs Preserve, the Flamingo Library, and the Boulder City Library, all in Southern Nevada. Her work is in private collections across the United States. She has had four one woman exhibits at the former DiFiore Center, Featured Artist at Arrowhead Gallery in June 2019, and in Springdale, Utah.