Wally's Bio

Wally Mann
 


Wallace R. Mann was born in the small town of Broadus, Montana but spent most of his life in the Puget Sound area.

In high school, the principal and teachers realized his artistic talent, and they suggested that he go to art school.

 At 17 years of age, he was on a bus headed to the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, where he studied commercial art and design. After Wally completed the course of study, he returned to Tacoma and enrolled at the Burnley School of Art in Seattle.

 Then, Wally spent the next 5 years as an apprentice sign writer and graphic artist for a small, but active sign company in Tacoma. For the next 35 years, he operated his own shop, Studio Signs™.

During the past couple of years, Wally’s art work has been exhibited in galleries in Shelton, Westport, Ilwaco, and South Bend, Washington, as well as Astoria, Oregon. He was the winner of the Willapa Bay Wildlife Refuge 70th Anniversary Poster Contest, and another of his paintings won first place for the 2008 Washington State International Kite Poster Contest.

Wally presently lives in Tokeland, Washington where he continues to paint and draw full-time. He is also actively involved in the chamber of commerce and local art groups.