A b o u t



Reed was born in Long Beach, California in 1947 and grew up in the Los Angeles area.  He attended art classes as a teenager and after graduating from college in Portland, attended the University of Iowa where  he earned a master’s of fine arts in creative writing in 1972.  While at Iowa, Reed  took studio art classes and was influenced by the work of Mauricio Lasanski. After graduate school he spent a fourteen months  living in Europe, with extended periods of time in England, France, Holland and Scotland. Upon returning to Portland in 1975, Reed continued to study print making and painting for several years at PNCA with George Johanson and Jack Portland. After teaching for a number of years at Oregon Episcopal School, he returned to graduate school and obtained a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Oregon. At present, Reed  divides his time between his position at Providence Hospital and painting.


The subjects of Reed’s paintings and drawings are usually people. On one level, his drawings and paintings try to express in a visual language the thoughts and feelings he has about these subjects. At the same time, he does not want to subordinate the medium to the image. It’s more important to him to express the  process of painting and to use the paint as a plastic substance. Ideally,  something unplanned for happens between the paint and the subject while he is distracted with the process. The challenge is to paint over the early pleasing parts of a painting to arrive at something beyond what he thought was going to be the destination when the painting was begun. Often the process of painting has something to say in the resolution that’s right for the particular painting.


       Reed’s work is represented by the following galleries:

             Beet Gallery
          1720 NW Lovejoy #120
           Portland, OR 97209
        (503) 224-5000  /  beetgallery@msn.com

          Sooh Fine Art Gallery
        137 South 9th Street
        Lincoln, NE 68508
      (402) 435-7664 /  soohfineart@neb.rr.com