Artist and designer Glenda Blake's subject matter is primarily the human figure in light and space, with occasional forays into still life, bird-life, and feline studies. Her work is distinguished by surreal lyricism, archetypal analogy, clarity of light and tone, and an ambiguous emotional resonance. Recent series include figure studies based on Anglo-American traditional dance (she was awarded an Artist Fund grant by the Community Foundation of South Central New York in 2012 for her “Unlikely Dance” series of 30x48” paintings), and pictorial variations on the Edward Lear poem, The Owl and the Pussycat. She is also a freelance graphic designer.
I grew up in greater Binghamton, NY, and worked in the Southern Tier for many years as an illustrator, graphic designer, art director, communications coordinator, academic publications director, and drawing instructor. Moving to Manchester, NH, I continued my career in academic publications while studying oil painting at the Currier Museum of Art. Since my return to the Triple Cities, I've worked extensively in oils and colored pencil, as well as graphic design.