Glenna's love of nature is reflected throughout her work. She finds much of her inspiration in the rural landscapes and rustic architecture of Northern and Eastern Europe, Upstate New York and Vermont, as well as in nostalgic memories of childhood, home, and family. Seeking to study both the forest and the trees, Glenna enjoys the contrast between portraying a simple landscape in order to illuminate one of nature's particular moods, and capturing the subtle details, revealing something special that might have gone unnoticed. Enamored with tiny treasures, she loves to work within the scale of a postage stamp: the bulk of her work is within two square inches in size.
A lifelong artist, Glenna was fortunate to have parents who both recognized and nurtured her extraordinary artistic ability from an early age. Most free moments of her childhood were spent drawing and creating things from any materials she could find, which grew into a passion for jewelry design, miniatures, colored pencil drawing, and photography. As a teenager she received private art lessons and voraciously explored the art offerings at school, until making the decision to study music. Since then she has continued to pursue art independently, exploring new mediums which have culminated in her recent series of shadowbox pendants.
Glenna's shadowbox pendants grew out of three passions: landscape painting, jewelry design, and miniatures. Though Glenna continues to work in those three mediums individually, she delights in incorporating all three into one piece, creating 3-dimensional treasures that are also wearable works of art. She sculpts and paints the interior of each shadowbox, finishing each piece with tiny plants, trees and flowers or furniture to create scenes and landscapes that give the viewer a sense of physical depth. To read more about the shadowbox series, and to see samples of Glenna's other work, please see the Gallery page.