Glenys Cullimore was born in London and emigrated to New Zealand with her family at age seven. After completing her degree at the Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design in 1989, she left New Zealand with her family to live in Sydney, Australia, where her life as an artist truly began. Three years later she and her family moved to Austin, Texas, USA, which provided fresh inspiration. There she began to meet regularly with a group of artists, progressing her art and still determined to extend her application of strong colour in her paintings.
After living 17 years abroad Cullimore returned to New Zealand, eager to explore the qualities of a completely different type of light and environment. Her interest in botanical and figurative art became fused with her trademark bold, vibrant colours. For several years she has been mentored by painter and tutor Matthew Browne at Auckland’s Art Station then Browns School or Art.
Although now firmly based in New Zealand, Cullimore continues to travel regularly internationally, using her camera to capture the inspiring images that she later adapts and incorporates into new paintings.