Glen Rabena was born in Wapato, Washington. He began carving in Northwest Coast style in Seattle in 1970. The following year he moved to Quesnel, B. C. During 1975 and 1976 he studied at the Kitanmax School of Northwest Coast Art at K’san.
In 1978 he completed illustrations for The Birds of K’san by Susan Marsden and the Gitksan Studies Advisory Group. These proved to be the foundation for his popular birds serigraphs. Though more illustrative than traditional, Glen’s ability to capture the spirit of his subject makes his prints much sought after by both Northwest Coast and Wildlife collectors.
Living on Hornby Island with it’s varied birdlife has given Glen much inspiration for his serigraphs. The fragility of our environment is something no one should ever take for granted, and the Barred Owls, Audubon Warblers, Gold Crown Kinglets, and so many other species are constant reminders of that.