Before settling down to paint, Glenn McWaters’ life was a torrent of achievement and courage. After Auburn University, he qualified for the 1968 U.S. Olympic trials and the 3000 meter steeplechase—a grueling course of 28 hurdles and seven 12-foot water jumps. An injury prevented him from participating in the Oympics. But later in the Marines, “Lieutenant” McWaters flew an astounding 105 combat missions in a Cobra gunship and was wounded in action. He was a 28-year-old Captain when an artist, a neighbor at Quantico, Virginia Marine Base encouraged him to paint. He draws inspiration from western scenery and loves the work of illustrators-turned-artists like Remington, Frank McCarthy and Charles Russell. “I get inspired by God’s nature—Sedona, Arizona, Grand Canyon, Alaska, Maine. He paints mostly from photographs his wife Lynn takes, especially beach shots. The Birmingham News named him as one of the “Best Local Artist” in 2011. For more information, visit: www.glennmcwaters.com.