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In person, Jack Reid looks nothing like you’d expect a painter should. He is a physical person, built thick and powerful, with hands that could grip a miner’s sledge as easily as he handles the daintiest of brushes. His manic energy is of a man decades younger than his actual age, which is in the seventies. Jack worked as a graphic artist until 1970 and only then did he venture into the world of pure art, full time, without the benefit of formal training. What he knows, he taught himself; what he paints is what he feels. His love of the art of watercolor is total.
Since Jack started teaching others his renowned techniques in 1971 throughout Canada, England, Scotland, Ireland, Portugal, Mexico and the United States. More than 11,000 people have attended his watercolour workshops, demonstrations and foreign tours. Each year more students add their names to his class lists, as his passion is infectious and invigorating.
Today, Jack’s paintings endure in the collections of major corporations: everyday Canadians and the Queen of England’s own at Windsor Castle. In 1992 Jack was awarded the Commemorative Medal by the federal government for his contribution to Canadian art and honored to be Arts Person of the Year in his hometown in Ontario.
There is a tremendous attraction that the transparency of watercolor holds for me. The things I want to paint have to do with water: snow, rain, fog and reflections. I’m fascinated by their translucent nature. And what do I paint with? A water-soluble pigment! It’s profoundly appropriate.