Glen can't remember a time that he didn't draw or paint. As far back as Elementary schoolhe was selling drawings to classmates and teachers. In high school, Glen was lucky enough to study with Kenneth Allein. Mister Allein, who had studied with Alvin Gittins, stressed classical realist art, using academic techniques, and daily sketching, a habit Glen still values.
After graduating from Woods-Cross High in 1985, Glen worked as an illustrator for Image West Advertising. He then applied for, and received, a full tuition fine arts scholarship to Weber State University. Glen has since studied with an eclectic group, including Utah artist Larry Wade, nationally renowned portrait artist Daniel Greene of New York, Denver artist Ron Hicks, and Matt Smith of Arizona.
Although Glen has received extensive formal training, he gives credit to perseverance. "Most of what I have learned has come from study, hard work and practice." He has traveled to museums to study works of master painters from around the world. Glen believes, "A great painting contains an artist's lifetime of knowledge. With study and practice one can continue to learn lessons from artists both past and present."
Glen is actively involved in promoting the arts. In years past He has conducted the weekly figure study sessions at both the Bountiful Art Center, and the University of Utah. He has also provided several guest artist workshops and painting demonstrations for local schools, galleries and art centers. Glen has also been a requested artist for several local charities including, The Utah Symphony, Red Butte Gardens, The Utah Rape Crisis Center and Community Nursing Services. He was also honored as the CNS "Artist of the Year" for 2003.
Glen Hawkins was named as one of four figurative artists in "Start Your Collection" by Southwest Art magazine. -Nov 2004. His award winning Art work can be found in hundreds of private and public collections through out the United States and around the world.