Reid, Jack 1925-

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Reid, Jack 1925-

PERSONAL: Born 1925, in Canada.

ADDRESSES: Home—Canada Agent—c/o Author Mail, North Light Books, 4700 East Galbraith Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45236. E-mail[email protected]

CAREER: Visual Arts Ontario, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, director, beginning 1976; Glacier National Park, MT, artist-in-residence, 1997. Starred in his own television series about painting.

MEMBER: Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolor.

AWARDS, HONORS: Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolors Purchase Award, Toronto, Canada, 1972, 1974; named Arts Person of the Year, Brampton, Ontario, Canada, 1990; Commemorative Medal, Canadian Government Recognition of Contribution to the Arts in Canada, 1992.

WRITINGS:

Watercolor Basics: Let's Get Started, North Light Books (Cincinnati, OH), 1998.

Watercolor Basics: Painting Snow and Water, North Light Books (Cincinnati, OH), 2000.

Watercolor for the Fun of It: Easy Landscapes, North Light Books (Cincinnati, OH), 2004.

Author and producer of a CD-ROM and a set of instructional videos, Watercolor My Way.

SIDELIGHTS: Canadian watercolor artist and teacher Jack Reid has taught more than 25,000 students over the course of his career, and his paintings—primarily rural landscapes—appear in numerous collections, including the Diamond Jubilee Collection at Windsor Castle in England, at the Savoy Hotel in London, and at the Waterton Glacier International Peace Park in Montana, where he served as artist-in-residence in 1997. Much of his work is also available as signed limited-edition prints. Reid has shared his painting techniques in the instructional videos titled Watercolor My Way, a series designed to distill the watercolor process down the simplest steps, as well as through a series of bestselling how-to books.

Reid's first book, Watercolor Basics: Let's Get Started, is geared toward the beginning watercolor painter. Daniel Lombardo, in a review for Library Journal, noted that Reid "neither assumes too much nor condescends." Other volumes include Watercolor Basics: Painting Snow and Water and Watercolor for the Fun of It: Easy Landscapes. The latter focuses on techniques Reid himself uses most frequently in his own work, and it also includes examples by other watercolorists, such as Linda Kemp and Grant Fuller. Booklist contributor Whitney Scott remarked that "this fine title will likely see strong demand from both beginning and more advanced watercolorists."

BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:

PERIODICALS

Booklist, June 1, 2004, Whitney Scott, review of Watercolor for the Fun of It: Easy Landscapes, p. 1684.

Library Journal, December, 1998, Daniel Lombardo, review of Watercolor Basics: Let's Get Started, p. 102; July, 2004, Daniel Lombardo, review of Watercolor for the Fun of It, p. 81.

ONLINE

Fleming College Web site, http://www.flemingc.on.ca/ (February 25, 2005), "Jack Reid."

Jack Reid Home Page, http://www.jackreid.com (February 25, 2005).

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