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Posted on September 30, 2014, Clifford D. Mansley, Sr.

Vespers was one of many poems composed by William Stafford, who served for many years as the poet laureate of Oregon. As I pondered over this poem it seemed to me that it foretold the ending of the life cycle for all of us. And so it was fitting to enter … Read the entire article »


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Clifford D. Mansley, Sr.


Cliff Mansley is a second-generation penman in Lake Oswego, Oregon. For over 30 years, Cliff has fulfilled hundreds of commissions from a few simple words on a mat, to elaborate testimonials, poems, and scripture verses. Using fine art papers or calfskin with special inks, watercolors and gouache, Cliff's calligraphy is often highlighted with 23-karat gold leaf or palladium, and 24-karat gold paint.

Cliff, who studied at the Zanerian College of Penmanship, and his wife Jean, a graduate of the Moore College of Art in Philadelphia, have created and sold numerous prints. The popular As For Me and My House, (Joshua 24:15), has sold more than 170,000 copies.

In April 2021, Cliff turned 94, but on May 25th, he went to meet his Maker. Read his daughter Holly’s recollections of Cliff as a calligrapher with a link to his Eulogy. Prints and Originals of Cliff’s work are still available to view or purchase. You are invited to communicate with Holly as designs, not yet shown, are available. She will carry on his Master Copperplate Script correspondence course.