Cecil Glenn Runions
Cecil Glenn Runions studied biology and art at Concord University in Athens, West Virginia and has continued his education throughout his life. He began his career as a Professor of Science, at Greenbrier College for Women, in Lewisburg, West Virginia. His art career began as a hobby, painting watercolors of the Appalachia region he calls home. He joined the Morgantown Art Association and his art began to become his life.
He studied with two Chinese masters, Cheng-Khee Chee and Liang Quan Zhen. Using these skills, Cecil developed a class called “Chinese Watercolor Calligraphy” and often integrates these techniques into his painting workshops.
Eventually, moving back to Beckley, West Virginia in the heart of Appalachia, Cecil opened is own studio and became a Resident Artist at New River Gorge National River working as an artist, guide, and naturalist for the National Park Service. He worked to develop his art in the Plein Air style of painting, utilizing gouache, watercolors and acrylics. His paintings reflect life on the New River and the surrounding area's waterfalls and native habitats of diverse plants, trees, and wildlife.
Cecil retired after 23 years on the faculty of West Virginia University and now has even more time for his art. He maintains membership in the Beckley Art Group where he teaches classes for area participants.
The summer of 2016 he had his paintings presented at the Huntington Galleries, Tri-State Art Exhibition, the biggest show in the state of West Virginia. His work was also represented in the “Best of West Virginia” show at Tamarack.