Glenn Davis grew up in the working-class neighborhood of Elmhurst in the borough of Queens, New York. A sergeant in the United States Marine Corps., he served in Vietnam from 1966-1969 in places from Chu Lai to Dong Hai. Once stateside, he worked in the service industry, working his way up to management in restaurants all over Laguna Beach before he decided to go back to school at the age of 40. After receiving his AA in Fine Arts with the highest honors, he attended Western State University College of Law in Fullerton on a scholarship. He began working for the government in National Security, his career taking him from Moscow to Beijing to Virginia. After retirement, he and his wife, Babbi, settled into their home in Huntington Beach, California, and he quickly erected a tool shed in their backyard where he could listen to music and paint.
His greatest influences are Nathan Oliveira, Edward Hopper and Chris Gwaltney. His work has been featured in Stuart Katz’ Loft exhibition themed “Unlimited Supply” which addressed a “proliferation of violence,” in 2017 at Orange Coast College, and he received an award for his oil/acrylic painting in the Newport Harbor art exhibit in 2017. Glenn says he paints “to solve the riddle of the canvas and to take part in creation!”