Artists statement: Growing up in Southern Idaho taught me to appreciate the land, people, animals, machinery and the strong work ethic of farm and ranch country. When at 5’5 my dream of an athletic career evaporated, I turned to art and worked hard to learn the skills to communicate visually. I believe that artists are made and not born. I work very quickly with painterly brushwork and color. My best work has been painted very spontaneously which allows me to maintain its freshness and spirit.
Starting out in advertising/graphic design has given me a love of simple graphic composition, and shape and of strong color, which I fell, gives my work impact and daring. I feel strongly the need for good drawing as I think that good drawing is the basis of good painting. I enjoy working with form and light, rarely painting a subject without a strong light source. This allows me to deal with a full range of values.
Glen started the art department at Utah State University and is now ready to retire from his long teaching career and pursue his first love, painting. Glen’s art program is recognized as one of the best in the Western United States. Glen’s program was one of highlighting the practical skills of drawing and intensive painting. He taught many painters that exhibit in galleries today.
Glen Edwards’s ability to paint “real” people shows up in his award winning watercolor and oil paintings. His paintings have been exhibited in many one man and jury international and national exhibits. A few of his awards and honors include: US Art Magazine Bronze Medal Award of Excellence, Arts for the Parks National Traveling Exhibit, Oil Painters of America natonal and Regional Exhibits, Best of Show, Intermountain Society of Artist’s 3rd Annual Ope Competitiion and Exhibit, Purchase Award, Eccles Statewide Exhibit, First Place Watercolor Award, Dixie College Invitational, Best of Show and Purchase Award, Festival of the American West.
Glen was also a featured artist in Southwest Art, July 1988. His paintings and illustrations have also been featured on covers and articles of numerous books, magazines, and publications in Los Angeles, New York City, and throughout the Intermountain West and Kansas.