Martha Mans is an artist who lives in Colorado Springs, CO, and maintains a studio that enjoys a 180-degree view of Pikes Peak.  She works with the mediums of oil paint, watercolor, and casein to create her dynamic paintings.  She is a member of the Oil Painters of America and a signature member of the American Watercolor Society.  Her work has been included in many art magazines such as Southwest Art and Watercolor Artist Magazine.   Besides painting, she has been a teacher who is sought after for workshops many of which have taken her on adventures in France, Brazil, Italy, and the United States and Mexico.   A favorite of hers was an annual workshop on a Clipper Ship sailing from island to island in the Caribbean and another in the Mediterranean.  She now teaches a popular annual workshop in Taos, New Mexico sponsored by Colorado College and the Colorado Spring Fine Art Center.  Her paintings have been included in many museums and national juried art shows earning her many Best of Show awards.  Many collections include her work, the latest of which is the collection of the University of New Mexico.  She participated in the Charlie Russel Auction in Great Falls Montana for over ten years and the Arts For The Parks for six years honing her skills in painting the American West.

Her work is represented by the Owen Contemporary Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico,

The Broadmoor Galleries at the Broadmoor Hotel, Colorado Springs, CO, and The Slate Gray Gallery of Kerrville, Texas, and Telluride, CO.

I always feel like the luckiest person in the world every time I stand in front of a new canvas and prepare to paint my next painting.  To be able to express myself with a visual medium and to spark something in a viewer that makes them want to come back and look again is one of the great honors that I experience with my work. 

We as artists must follow our instincts and emotions along with our intelligence in order to express what we want to say on our canvases.   It takes a lot of skill honed by hard work and persistence to create works of art that are worthwhile.

To me everything is material for a painting.  Living in the west, landscape, still life, people and horses have become some of my favorite subjects.  

Even though in my large scale paintings in recent years I have concentrated on the textures of the western landscape, in the three paintings that I chose to include in the show, I wanted to take the opportunity to include other elements.  So, I designed these particular paintings by including figures and horses along with the water, rocks and the plants of the west.

I hope I created three paintings that will make you want to come back again and take another look.” Martha Mans