Glenn Quist
Elk River, Minnesota

Glenn Quist is a full-time artist in Elk River, Minnesota, near the Twin Cities metropolitan area. His elongated modernist figures appear in scenes derived from both memory and imagination with a strong emphasis on color and composition. Glenn considers his paintings to be "somewhere between dreams and reality." Opposed to telling stories directly, he prefers to present his work and leave the interpretation to the viewer.

Artist and Customer Comments

Glenn Quist 1/11/2017 | 3:33 PM

Hi Frank. Thank you so much for your kindness and generosity. I truly appreciate it. Glenn Quist

Frank 1/11/2017 | 11:21 AM

Hi Glenn- Just received "Red Pool Baptism'' and was delighted with it- the colors, finish and theme were all outstanding and I will certainly follow your work. Cheers, Frank

Glenn Quist 8/8/2014 | 9:41 AM

Thank you so much. I think you understand perfectly. As I was working on this painting I incorporated some challenging uses of space and color but I wanted to end up with what initially appears to be a calm and simple image. I enjoyed it and am really happy to hear that you do as well.

Y Durr 8/8/2014 | 12:26 AM

We're enjoying this painting we just received, the planter. I like the harmony of colors with sharp modernist angles - a neat mix. Thank you Glenn!

commentsSome English Cat
J Garrett 7/4/2014 | 1:30 PM

A lovely piece. (Do I dare say I'm amused by the fish-shaped umbrella?)I really like your work.

Glenn Quist 6/24/2014 | 1:02 PM

I think your comments are wonderful. Something I enjoy so much about creating art is the constantly changing nature of the picture itself in the way different people see and understand them (the paintings). I never set out to be specific with an idea or a message when I paint. I try to let things come to me and hope to let the artwork speak for itself and I love to hear how others see and interpret what I do. I really do appreciate how you're willing to share with me.

commentsOver the River
Eparness 6/23/2014 | 7:54 PM

I think we see ( in art ) whatever needs to be brought to the in dreams. For you, perhaps it's fear of the uncontrollable, and for me, my comment totally came as a surprise as some truth was revealed in black and white. I suspect the same might be true for M's comment below. Who knows.

Glenn Quist 6/23/2014 | 10:52 AM

You're correct. It IS amusing but certainly as plausible as anything I've come up with. I look at this painting everyday. Here in Minnesota there have been torrential rains and a lot of flooding in parts of the state. Now I see that each time I see the painting. I like your thoughts better.

Eparness 6/21/2014 | 2:21 PM

See, now I think the blonde is in love with the man, who is already in a relationship. Unexpectedly, the three meet at the bridge while out walking one afternoon...This is quite amusing. Very nice work, Glenn.

Glenn Quist 6/13/2014 | 8:45 AM

Thank you so much. That is exactly the kind of input that I treasure.

commentsOver the River
Michelle 6/12/2014 | 10:52 PM

I love your style Glenn, This is what I read into this painting, :) The blonde women .... she is consulting with her brother and his wife, .....should she leave her husband. The sister-in-law with her gentle exterior looks off into the distance, being supportive, but not intrusive.

commentsAll Stars
D Tully purchased this artwork. 4/29/2014 | 9:45 AM

Love it! The folk art/americana style of a sports classic puts a smile on my face every time I pass it!

R Scott purchased this artwork. 6/17/2013 | 10:50 AM

It's an absolutely gorgeous painting. Everyone loves it! It's one of those works of art that you can't stop looking at from every conceivable angle.

Red Pool Baptism

Acrylic painting on stretched canvas
Signed on front and back

20" h x 20" w x 1.5" d
2 lbs. 3 oz.


Artwork Details

Comments About This Piece

This originally was done from a series of sketches I had made for "The Lonely Side of the Lake". I liked the profile of the figure of the woman. I also wanted to work with some red. It looked like a pool and the rest of the figures seemed to fall into place in the composition. This painting is on a gallery wrapped canvas with finished edges. It comes ready to hang.

Acrylic painting

Acrylic paint was made commercially available in the 1950’s. Acrylic is a fast drying paint that can be diluted with water, but becomes water-resistant when dry. Acrylics can be applied in thin layers and washes to resemble watercolor paints, or they can be applied in thick layers, built up for texture. The main difference between oil and acrylic paint is the drying time. Oil dries slowly, allowing more time to blend colors and apply glazes. Artists who use acrylic paints typically work faster than those who use oils. Additionally, acrylics offer more versatility and are often used for mixed media work. Artists can mix different materials into the paint, such as sand or rice. They can also apply other media on top of the dried acrylic, such as pastel or pen.

Stretched canvas

Canvas is a heavy-duty fabric used as a painting surface. When a canvas artwork is labeled stretched, it means the canvas has been wrapped around a wooden frame (the ''stretcher''). Stretched canvases typically do not require framing.


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