After completing four enjoyable years as a mature-aged student at La Trobe University in 2000, Glenys was contracted to coordinate business development classes at Continuing Education. When she attended a painting class in 2002 she found that she was truly ‘captured’ by watercolour, with its magical and often unexpected elements of chance. Glenys was curious to see how far she could push the boundaries and, as her work evolved, her use of pigment has become bolder and often used straight from the tube. Her subject-matter is broad and Glenys continues to develop her detailed interpretations in order to meet contemporary trends.
Glenys is passionate about coloured pigment! In fact, you may not realise how many layers are added to her works which are truly time-intensive! Glenys has spent many delightful years in the production of works depicting buildings, floral work, landscapes and people, while enjoying the versatility of water media. Her delicate floral works are based on multiple layers of transparent glazes, enhanced through the use of high quality watercolour paints and paper. Her current work, using bolder layers of pigment, ensures a vibrant palette of strong clean colours and tells a story which often conveys a hint of humour.
Glenys found that by studying the work of highly respected artists, colourful and expressive layers began to unfold. Artists who have influenced her development as a creative watercolourist include Robert Wade, Ev Hales, Geoff Paynter, Linda Kemp, David Chen, Georgia Mansur, Herman Pekel, and also Stephen Quiller (USA), Susan Harrison Tustain (NZ), and Michael Morgan (UK).
Although she ensures that her preliminary ideas represent good balance and design, many of her paintings are developed along the way. Viewers have commented that they sense a mystical quality in her work which is often imaginative and quirky. This vigorous approach to watercolour perfectly suits her analytical mind, enabling her to underpin exciting and joyous paintings with strong composition and colourful elements.
Her interest in pen and ink drawing was sparked 30 years ago and use of ‘the pen’ can still be glimpsed throughout her collection. Experimenting with water media combinations continues to interest her.
As a member of Bendigo Art Society for the past 14 years, Glenys has been painting almost exclusively in watercolour during this period. She enjoys experimentation and believes that learning from fellow artists is hugely beneficial and motivating.
Glenys has had many solo and shared gallery exhibitions throughout Victoria and is a regular exhibitor at regional art shows. She had a 12-page watercolour demonstration published in the Australian Artist magazine in 2010 and was invited to tutor at Fay Boyd’s 2012 Grafton Workshops.
In recent years her work has been hung at a number of galleries including Heathcote Winery, Dudley House in Bendigo, the Tin Shed Gallery in Malmsbury, the Old Post Office Gallery in Seymour, and at the Bendigo Pottery, Epsom, Victoria.
If you would like to commission a painting, similar in style to one that has caught your eye on this website, please email your ideas to Glenys.