Spring Showers (fine art print) by James Reynolds
Nature has a way of keeping you on your toes. These cowboys are getting ready to ride after a tough winter.
“It’s difficult for me to express a philosophy about my work,” said artist Jim Reynolds. “I simply try to paint one of the most exciting periods of our history as honestly as I can. I also try to make things dramatic. Early morning or late evening is always more dramatic than the middle of the day.”
ames Reynolds was born in a Standard Oil lease house in 1926 and raised in Taft, California. As a boy, he spent summers at his grandmother’s Nevada City hotel, which was situated just beyond the infamous Donner Pass and literally above the south fork of the Yuba River, supported by stilts. In Nevada City he experienced firsthand the remnants of the Old West and heard the stories of that time. Although he dabbled with drawing during grade school, Reynolds didn’t investigate it seriously until after World War II. The trip home from China was a long and boring one; luckily, the sailor on the bunk beside him had a painting kit. Reynolds took to it immediately and, upon returning to America, enrolled in the Kann Institute of Art in Beverly Hills.
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