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First Place & Members' Choice Awards
Portrait Society of Atlanta

2007 Top Ten in Tennessee
People's Choice Winner
Portrait Society of America

Featured in
International Artist Magazine

1997 Grand Prize Winner
American Society of
Portraits Artists Competition


Glenda Brown was born on a small farm in Eupora Mississippi. She and her parents soon moved to Memphis when she was only one year old. There, her grandmother introduced her to drawing and art, and her dream of becoming an artist progressed to a passion. Glenda married shortly after high school, and she and her husband became busy raising two sons. She and her husband moved the family to farm land, a house, and a barn in Arlington Tennessee and this setting became her studio and her canvas.

Her passion for art began to mature, and she took art classes from every teacher she could find in the Memphis area. She studied under Fred Burton, and Fred Rawlinson at the Memphis College of Art and Kate Manzo at the Contemporary Realist Academy.

In her early days, she worked in watercolor, joined various artist groups and submitted work to various art venues throughout the Mid-South. Arts Uniq’ in Cookville Tennessee became a customer and distributed Glenda’s work throughout the United States. As she continued her studies, she also found herself transitioning from watercolor to oil, and from illustrations to portraiture. For more than four years, at a pace of four nights per week, Glenda worked with The Contemporary Realist Academy painting live models. She is also a founding member of The Contemporary Realist Academy. In 1998, Glenda submitted work to a juried show in Montgomery Alabama for the American Society of Portrait Artists and won the Grand Prize for that show. In 2001, Glenda continued her studies with Universite D’Angers in Angers France, and in 2003 studied under Nelson Shanks at Studio Incamminati in Philadelphia Pennsylvania.

Today, Glenda is a member of The Portrait Society of America, Portrait Society of Atlanta, and the American Impressionist Society. She has continued to win awards with The Portrait Society of America, including “Top Ten in Tennessee” and Peoples’ Choice Award.

In March 2012 Glenda was awarded First Place and Members Choice Award at The Portrait Society of Atlanta in Atlanta Georgia.

She is represented by Artreach Gallery in Germantown Tennessee, Gallery 202 in Franklin Tennessee, Portraits Inc. in New York, New York and Portraits South in Raleigh North Carolina.

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