Paula Manley’s artwork is influenced by her exploration of the meaning of home. Growing up, Paula always had a project to work on. Her mother was an artist who taught Paula the joy of creating. Snow days were her favorite, because she could spend the entire day creating art at home. Her paintings reflecting both actual and fictional events, and all her work explores our culture’s concept of “home.” She views her paintings as metaphors for the universal challenges and joys that affect people’s lives.
Paula has lived in Spearfish for over 40 years. She graduated from Black Hills State University in 1980 with a degree in Fine Art and Commercial Art. After a couple years working as a graphic designer, she decided to pursue a career teaching art. She worked as an art teacher in Gillette, Rapid City, and Sturgis. She is now retired from teaching and works as an artist.