I instantly responded to it. The paintings had a powerful simplicity that resonated with me. Glenn's serene palette and deft rendering of archetypal forms meshed perfectly with my own design aesthetic and conveyed a sense of calm that I would hope to transpose onto my daily life.
My visceral reaction, I imagine, is how a collector feels for the object of his or her desire. Whatever that object is, it satisfies a deep sensibility. Though I was not able to purchase my first painting on my maiden visit to Glenn's gallery, I knew that I would eventually. I wanted this in my life, I wanted to see it daily. The paintings still bring me that much pleasure.
Working from his studio in Woodstock, Vermont, Glenn paints still lifes of objects he has collected over the years—bowls, vessels, and vases....
...and, most recently, he says, "bricks, stones, and bits and pieces of things I might find in an attic or in nature."
"I am drawn to the forms, shapes, and colors of inanimate objects and the compositional or emotive relationships that can be created by depicting them on a canvas."
The series Forest Variations is recent direction for Glenn. They are "not literal depictions of actual places or objects. Painted in my studio, they reflect the effects of the forest trees and light after walking each day of every season along paths at my home in Woodstock, Vermont."
Says Glenn, "To me, painting is an ongoing exploration, one that is rich in investigation and realization. It is my hope that viewers, while making their own interpretations, will find in it the qualities I seek to create."
A multi-talented artist, Glenn is also a photographer, art-director, writer and the creator of Pastoral, an exquisite journal that explores Vermont and celebrates the creative people making their lives in this unique state. Next week I will share some of Glenn's photography.
See more of Glenn's work and excerpts from Pastoral on his website. Reach Glenn by email or visit the Gallery at Simon Pearce opposite the Simon Pearce store in Quechee, Vermont, of which Glenn is director, and where his paintings are on display. The current show runs through June 15th.