Canadian artist Glen Loates is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and the Explorers Club. Born in 1945, Loates began his professional career at the age of 11, when he designed the Canadian Cancer Society's daffodil logo, used for several decades. In 1964, he had his first one-person show at the Royal Ontario Museum. In 1968 he won the Royal Philatelic Award for Canada's first full-color postage stamp, the "Gray Jay." He has also been the subject of several television specials, including the award-winning documentaries "Colour It Living" and "Paint It Wild."
Loates is the first Canadian artist to be represented at the White House. In 1982, The Right Honourable Pierre Elliot Trudeau arranged for Glen to meet with President Reagan in the Oval Office to present Glen's painting, "The Bald Eagle" to the American people on behalf of Canada. Glen's other work was also given to His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and the Right Honourable Pierre Elliot Trudeau, former Prime Minister of Canada.
Loates' accomplishments include the publication of three significant volumes of his work: The Art of Glen Loates (1977), Birds of North America (1979), and A Brush with Life (1984). His art was exhibited in museums such as the Alexander Koenig Museum, the Institute of Zoological Research, the Centre Culturel Paris, the British Museum, the McMichael Canadian Collection, and the Royal Ontario Museum. His work has appeared in numerous North American publications over the years as well as international magazines such as GEO and Reader's Digest.
Throughout his career, Loates worked with several wildlife conservation authorities and many conservation groups. He has also dedicated much of his time to scientific research. In 1986, he was invited to join the National Geographic Society's Beebe Project in search of giant squid and six-gilled sharks off the coast of Bermuda. Here, along with a team of prestigious scientists, Glen descended in a mini-submersible to depths over 1500 meters to illustrate life far below the surface. This exploration resulted in Loates being commissioned to create a mural depicting 125 different species of ocean life for display at the Bermuda Underwater Institute of Exploration and Research.
Glen Loates continues to produce artwork for private and corporate clients. The Royal Canadian Mint renders his highly detailed images on collector coins with subjects that depict Canada's natural environment, its wildlife, and Canadian history.