McGee Gallery and Framing
Glenda Drennen

bw GKD photoArtist’s Statement

Early on I painted strictly traditional, transparent watercolor on paper. The paintings were quite controlled, realistic compositions. But I soon felt the need to paint more energetic compositions with surprises both for me and the viewer. I wanted to make better use of the transparent quality and unpredictability of this exciting medium. Old habits are hard to break. It is hard to “let go” and sometimes feel out of control. It took some time – 25 years to be exact. But with experience and willingness – even courage – to try new techniques and materials, my work has evolved into a strong personal painting style that is both more abstract and subjective. Yes, I still honor and practice the time-honored tradition of painting more realistic work in transparent watercolor. But I also rejoice that using other water soluble media, collage paper I dye myself, and perhaps painting on synthetic paper broadens the creative possibilities exponentially.

About the Artist

Glenda Drennen is a native of South Dakota and a former public school music teacher. Her love affair with watercolor began when she married and left teaching over twenty five years ago. She has earned signature membership in both the Iowa WatercolorSociety and the Watercolor U.S.A. Watercolor Honor Society, Springfield, Missouri, and is a member of Iowa Artists.  She has served on the board for the Iowa Watercolor Society and served as Newsletter Editor for four years.  Ms. Drennen is a sought-after watercolor workshop instructor throughout the region. Many of her award winning paintings hang in private and corporate collections across the United States and abroad. She was the artist of choice to paint a commission commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Pearson Lakes Art Center, Okoboji, IA and the original of JustWaiting is part of the permanent collection.  Ms. Drennen resides in LeMars where she creates paintings in her home-based Watermark Studio. In her spare time she enjoys playing her flute and the piano.

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