Glen River


River was born in Washington D.C. The family soon moved to Greece where they lived in a suburb of Athens. Demonstrating talent and originality he was encouraged to develop storytelling skills. The family relocated numerous times. Drawings and poetry of new places seemed to help orient and establish a sense of permanence. In the late 1950's and early 60's, the art seemed to take off. "The Work" seemed to become a regular exercise. Painting, songs & poetry became regular activities. Experimentation with block printing introduced the counterpoint of a matrix and original hand.

Following his formal education, he lived and worked in Europe and the U.S.A. This produced art, music, and poetry in the United States, England, France, Switzerland, and Greece. His visual artworks include both representational and abstract paintings. Similarly, music and writing formed an eclectic body of work. River continues to be interested in primitive culture and stories about creational myth. A sociological awareness was fostered by his many travels. Ontology continues to influence his art.

Smashwords Interview

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The work is an exciting series of discoveries. new concepts need skill sets created specifically for that purpose. Seeing what the new day brings gets me up and at it quickly.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
As writer, musician, and artist I have unending projects needing my attention. On the surface looking at paintings may seem a passive preoccupation, but that is where most of the decision making happens. So, when not doing, I am reviewing.
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Where to buy in print


Art Of River
The vast body of art works created by River span more than 50 years. His multidisciplinary art, paintings, drawings, writings, music, installations, and movies represent a unique creative force. We present art and insights with this collection.

Self Portraits

Price: $2.99 USD.


18 Poets
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,210. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2018 by Odysseus Publications. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Poetry - multi-author
18 Poets is a collection of poetry and portraits of each poet. Poets included are: Alison Woods, Christopher Wheeling, Danielle Riccardi, Derek Piotr, Diana Dierks, Donald Lev, Enid Dame, Faith Vicinanza, George Nicholson, Gordon Riggs, Phillip Levine, Priscilla Lignori, Robert Milby, Roberta Gould, Robin E. Sampson, Ted Giovannini, Terri-Gayle Mazur, William Seaton
Time Sample 1 - Art & Poetry
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,780. Language: American English. Published: September 28, 2018 by Odysseus Publications. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
Time Sample 1 is a collection of poetry and paintings from 1976 to 2016. They portray a sense of continuity through the years. River has maintained an amazing creative path. Words and visual art reflect the symbolic conceptual abstraction the work excites. Love in the form of a quest is balanced against self-discovery. Cryptic appraisal of myth is an occasional undertone. A glimpse of the epic.
Costa Rica Girls
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,870. Language: English. Published: September 21, 2018 by Odysseus Publications. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry, Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Fine art
Costa Rica Girls is a collection of poetry, paintings, and photographs focused on experiences by the artist related to his time in Costa Rica. Freedom of spirit and poetic expression underline this sublime work. Words, camera, and brush combine to describe this esthetic paradise.
Self Portraits
Series: Art Of River. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 830. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2017 by Odysseus Publications. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Fine art
Self Portrait is a survey of trends in this series of 27 paintings from 1966 to 2017. River is an explorer In creating images of the self. Many artists traditionally explore the self-portrait as a periodic exercise. River works both the dynamics of the motif as well as personal statements of being. River's broad spectrum of stylistic exploration underscores his diverse process.

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