of Glen Chesnut
I remember Glen stretching his canvases before painting. I would hold the canvass firmly while Glen stapled it onto the frame he built. This was for his larger artworks. Glen often worked on paper for his smaller works and sometimes incorporated words onto or alongside the images.
When we first married, we lived in an upper Victorian flat on Hartford Street in San Francisco’s Castro district. Glen converted the huge dining room into our artist studio. I used the same space to work on a large circular woodcut: Stories My Father Told Me.
Glen would cover the dining room floor with a drop cloth before he started working on a sculpture. For one sculpture titled Boxers, Glen built the armature using wood, chicken wire, metal rods, and paper mache. Luckily, I took photographs of Glen at work. Glen took photographs at a boxing gym before he started working on the sculpture. He even took photos of himself in boxing poses to use as a reference.
Glen also worked on drawings in notebooks. I saved them all. These notebooks and his works are his legacies. I’m proud to share some of Glen’s best work with you.