birthplace, Cobram, is on the banks of the Murray River in Northern
Victoria, Australia. Beginning life here gave her a wealth of experiences
in the natural world to draw upon and fire the imagination. The tranquil
wetlands were a haven for beautiful waterbirds which often feature
in her paintings.
a University Scholarship in the Faculty of Arts, Glenys followed a
career in teaching working in the fields of special education and
music. While living along the Broken and Goulburn Rivers in Victoria,
Australia, her love of the arts surfaced again, and she began painting.
as an artist in the country, although sometimes artistically isolating,
usually means that one must develop one’s own artistic solutions,
identity and ultimately, style.”
now lives in Melbourne, Australia, and finds the interaction with
other artists, and exposure to art in galleries, stimulating in accelerating
the development of her art from its origins.
Her intuitive, interpretative approach developed, resulting in many
national awards, an international award, and inclusion in the book
“Feather & Brush – Three Centuries of Australian Bird
Art”, by Dr. Penny Olsen.
In 2003, Clarke Galleries, USA, invited her to exhibit in “IV
Centuries of Birds in Art”, an international exhibition, her
work representing free expression.
In 2008 two of her paintings were chosen as finalists in “An
International Exhibition of Nature in Art” at the Hiram Blauvert
Art Museum, USA.
is my main means of communication and I like to suggest, to leave
something for the viewer to fill in, to wonder about - a little mystery,
inviting the viewer to participate.”
medium presents many challenges, and she pushes the possibilities
to the extreme. She likes to challenge the accepted view of wildlife
art to swing between the figurative and the abstract, always with
art the main objective in her interpretation.
inspiration comes from the sheer joy, unpredictability and excitement
of combining handmade paper, water, thick juicy gouache paint and
sensitive soft brushes. I like to interpret what I see with my own
subjective vision of the subject, coloured by my feelings and memories.
It is the artistic, creative process, as well as the subject matter
which is my inspiration.”
individual, her work has been variously described as contemplative,
rhythmic and adventurous.
“Those roos, full of the light and warmth of the Oz landscape….the
way they are here and then not here is so evocative of the transient
nature of life.” Steve Morvell. Wildlife Artist.
2014, her painting "The Long Hot Summer" was included in
the invitation exhibition "Inspiration Wild: A Narrative"
which featured works celebrating the work of Australasian Nature Artists.Sofitel,
Melbourne. Wildlife Art Museum of Australia.
distinctive visions of the natural world have been exhibited in USA,
Germany, Japan and China.
AWARDS AND EXHIBITIONS:
Artists for Conservation,Signature member of this worldwide Foundation
2006: Invitation Group Exhibition, Guangzhou
International Art Fair, SOUTHERN CHINA, Australian Pavilion. Authorized
by the National Ministry of Culture, People’s Republic of China.
2003: Invitation Group Exhibition,
IV Centuries of Birds in Art Exhibit, Clarke Galleries, VERMONT, &
touring FLORIDA, & NEW YORK CITY, USA, Glenys’ work representing
2002: Invitation Group Exhibition, Fathom Wildlife Conservation, International
Art Expo, NEW YORK
2000: Selected for Faber-Castell Australian Wildlife Exhibition, STEIN,
1986: Selected Shared Exhibition, Goshen Shi School of Japanese Painting,
FUKUI CITY, JAPAN
2008: Finalist for The Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, South
Australian Museum, AUSTRALIA
2008: Finalist International Exhibition
of Nature in Art, Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, USA
2007: Finalist Corangamarah Art Prize Con.ceit’ 07 AUSTRALIA
2005: Finalist for The Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, South
Australian Museum. Highly Commended. Included in the awarded works
for exhibiting at the National Archives, CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA
1999: Best Gouache, Inaugural International Wildlife Exhibition, BRISBANE,
2014: "Inspiration Wild. Historical
Perspectives & Future Challenges." By Anita Pisch BA(Hons)UNSW,
MCDArtDes(COFA). Foreword by Professor Sasha Grishin AM, FAHA. Wildlife
Art Museum of Australia.
2014: "Inspiration Wild. An
Artistic Celebration of Nature and Environment." A selection
of internationally recognised artists from Australasia, their essays
and works. Wildlife Art Museum of Australia.
2012: Natural History Illustration Thesis , Lorraine Robertson
2006: Permission given for printing a painting in the journal “World
Literature Today”, January 2006 issue, published by the University
of Oklahoma, USA
2000: Published in “Feather & Brush” Three Centuries
of Australian Bird Art, by Dr Penny Olsen. One of 35 contemporary
2003: Japanese Acquisition for Sister City in VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA
2003: Toyota Acquisition, Altona Head Office, AUSTRALIA
Represented in Private collections worldwide
2006: Bronze Medal Award, Wildlife Art Society of Australasia Finalists
2003: Gold Medal Award, Wildlife Art Society of Australasia Exhibition,
1999 & 2000 : Micador Award for Best Watercolour, Wildlife Art
Society of Australasia Annual Exhibition, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
1998: The Inner Eye Award for Innovative and Imaginative work, Wildlife
Art Society of Australasia Exhibition, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
1991: The Micador Award (oils), Wildlife Art Society of Australasia
Exhibition, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
1986: The Geoff Douglas Award (watercolour), Wildlife Art Society
of Australasia Exhibition, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
1983: The Hutchinson Award for Drawing, Wildlife Art Society of Australasia
Exhibition, Melbourne, Australia
2018: Invitation Shared Exhibition, Wildlife Art Museum of Australia,
2014: Invitation Shared Exhibition, Wildlife Art Museum of Australia,
2009: Solo Exhibition, Au natural, Drawing the Nude, The Convent Gallery,
2003 to 2010: An exhibiting core artist at Makers Mark, Collins Street,
2001: Solo Exhibition, Art Affairs Gallery, CARLTON, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
2002: Solo Exhibition, Art Affairs Gallery, CARLTON, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
1996, 98 & 99: Shared Exhibitions, with sculptor Donald Glue,
Art Affairs Gallery,
CARLTON, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
1985: Solo Exhibition, The Windmill Gallery and Glen Pottery, Rutherglen,