Glen Knowles

Enjoys painting on location

Glen Knowles is a third generation Southern Californian whose family settled in Long Beach in 1909. During the 1920’s his grandfather owned and operated the Silverado mine on Saddleback Mountain in Orange County. In the 1960’s his father was instrumental in introducing Kiwi fruit to America.


Graduated from Art Center College of Design in 1975 with a degree in illustration with an emphasis on painting. That same year he began receiving critiques from artist Robert Clunie, a fifty-year veteran of outdoor painting who resided in Bishop, California. Knowles has received additional instruction from John Asaro, Rex Brandt, Glenn Vilppu, and Robert E. Wood, among others. In 1992 Glen went back to college to get his MFA in Fine Art from Vermont College.


Knowles is an associate Professor of Art and has taught a wide variety of art classes to over 5000 students spanning the last thirty five years, emphasizing drawing and painting, portraiture, color theory and design, composition, and a unique class on digital life drawing. For many years he has taught classes on drawing exotic animals from life at the Los Angeles Zoo.


Knowles loves the adventure of combining painting and traveling. He has painted on all seven continents, numerous European countries and for a month at a time in the John Muir wilderness of the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains.


The inventor of the ColorWheel palette, a color theory mixing system distributed by Speedball Art Products in America and in seventy-five countries worldwide.


North Light Books Splash 3, called Knowles one of America's top 105 contemporary watercolor painters.
He has an extensive regional, national and international exhibition record, has exhibited in nine California Art Club Gold medal exhibitions and received a First Place award in the 1999 California Art Club, Millard Sheets painting competition at the Los Angeles County Fair. Glen Knowles is an Artist Member of the California Art Club.


Throughout his career he has been inspired by the early California Impressionist oil painters and California Style-American Scene watercolor painters, ultimately organizing seven exhibitions on the history of Southern California Art,  In 2012 Glen gave a lecture and painting demonstration of Edgar Payne's painting procedures, derived from historic eyewitness accounts, at  the Pasadena Museum of California Art in conjunction with the landmark show Edgar Payne The Scenic Journey.


In 2014 Glen gave a two hour lecture of the history of California watercolor painting for the watermedia track at PACE 2014, The Plein Air Convention and Exhibition in Monterey, California. He returned to Monterey and  the Plein Air Convention, PACE 2015, delivering a second lecture on the main stage " My Love Affair with Historic California Art".