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|Born||1924 or 1925|
August 24, 2009|
Orillia, Ontario, Canada
|Known for||Watercolour artist|
Jack Reid was a Canadian artist and a member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour (CSPWC). With a career spanning six decades, his paintings are seen in the diverse locales of people's homes, galleries, major corporate collections, and in Windsor Castle in Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's personal collection.
Reid began as a graphic artist, and with no formal training, embarked full-time in a new career as an artist. He taught workshops and demonstrations and toured worldwide beginning in 1971, teaching over 25,000 students.
In 1992, he was awarded the Commemorative Medal by the Canadian government for his contribution to Canadian art and was honoured to be named Arts Person of the Year in his hometown of Brampton. He exhibited in London, England with the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours; he was a lifetime member of The Arts and Letters Club of Toronto, Visual Arts Brampton and the CSPWC.
He authored two books, Watercolour Basics: Let's Get Started and Painting Snow and Water. He produced an instructional CD-ROM and did a mini-series of painting demos, broadcast on Rogers Cable. In 2001, Jack was featured in the popular American magazine Watercolor Magic.
After 33 years of marriage, Reid's wife Maggie died in late 2002. Jack Reid died on August 24, 2009, in Orillia, Ontario, at the age of 84. Jack also was mourned by his companion Pat whom he shared 6 years of joy with.
Jack taught thousands of people through workshops in:
- New Brunswick: Steeves Mountain (2006)
- Ontario: Brampton (19??-current), Erieau (2006), Haliburton (2006), Mississauga (2000), Sarnia (2001)
- Saskatchewan: Saskatoon (2005, 2006)
- Alberta: Calgary (2006), Cochrane (2005)
- British Columbia: Agassis (2005), Comox (2005), Kamloops (2005), Qualicum (2006), Victoria & Tofino (2005), Whistler (2007)
- Ireland: Adare (2005), Dingle Peninsula (2005), Dublin (2005), Killarney (2005)
- Sara Ross. "Local, world renowned artist passed away yesterday." Orillia Packet & Times. Accessed August 26, 2009.