A master realist painter, Martha Mans was born in Pittsburgh, PA, where she attended Carlow University and received a degree in art and art education. Later she studied art at the Maryland Institute College of Art and the University of Southern California. She was director for many years of large adventure workshops, including Ghost Ranch, New Mexico, where Georgia O’Keefe painted, a yearly excursion on a clipper ship in the Caribbean and Mediterranean Seas stopping at many ports to paint, and an exciting workshop in Salvador, Brazil, painting the colorful region and people there. Mans’ work has been featured in many art publications such as: Southwest Art Magazine, Artist’s Magazine, Watercolor Artist’s Magazine, and Art Collector’s Magazine. Her work has received many awards in national juried competitions including numerous best of show awards — Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, New Mexico Watercolor Society, Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, Rocky Mountain Watercolor Society, Pikes Peak Watercolor Society, Montana Watercolor Society, and the Adirondacks National and the San Diego Watercolor Society, to name a few. She has been awarded signature membership into the American Watercolor Society and the National Watercolor Society.