Hana Coast Gallery is saddened to learn of the passing of Gary Reed on March 28, 2015.
Our thoughts go out to his wife Ofelia and his family.
Gary was a native of Illinois, and was raised in the small rural
community of Woodstock. His talents and interests led him to pursue
formal art training at Whitewater State University in Wisconsin. He
also studied at the American Academy of Art in Chicago, and at the
John Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida.
For a time, Reed worked as a commercial artist, but soon found this
field too limiting and restrictive. He moved to Hawaii, and since
1971 has devoted full-time to his own paintings and exhibitions.
Gary said of his art: "What I paint is right out in the open - no
hidden meanings, no abstractions. I can best say what I want to say
with realistic art." The artist paints reality objectively, but not
as if totally detached from that reality. His work is painted
empathetically, not sentimentally. Detail is reflected, rather than
accentuated, by muted natural colors using soft yet deliberate brush