Clesta Martin Manley was born on her father's Cherokee Indian Allotment along the banks of Grand River in Northeast Oklahoma. Growing up among the beauty of the hills, streams, wild flowers and animals, the fascination to her creative spirit has never ceased. Winning her first drawing contest in grade school sparked a lifelong challenge. After marriage and seeing her children through college, twenty years in banking and twelve years as a Country Gallery owner, she is finally reaching that challenge. The majority of her sales were through her gallery. Through the years she attended art classes at Rogers State College and workshops among the leading art instructors. Clesta works in oil, watercolor, acrylics, and pastels.