“Art is constant - just as life - one should never lose the wonder - learn anew every day,” says award-winning artist, art conservator and restorer Gloria Mani. Mani is greatly inspired by the gentle quiet of the countryside and gardens throughout the world and is often found painting landscapes in plein air. In addition to her passion for landscapes, Mani has been painting and drawing nudes for more than forty years. Each of Mani’s paintings is refreshing, with a style and medium unique to its subject matter.
A major influence in Mani'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 in Columbus, Georgia. She also studied with two of the preeminent instructors of the century, Robert Brackman and Robert Beverly Hale at the Art Students League of New York. Mani 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; 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, Mani 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, she received the First Place Art Award at the National League of American Pen Women at the Georgia State Convention. She was a 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 Mani's many exhibitions was a show at AGORA Gallery Soho , New York City, New York entitled “Elements of Nature.”