Last Winter Light, Amherst Island, Ontario
Jack Reid
1925 - 2009

1925 - 2009
Price range: $1350-$4500

In person he looks and sounds nothing like you thought a painter should. He is physical person, built thick and powerful, with hands that could grip a miner’s sledge as easily as he wields the daintiest of brushes. His maniac energy is of a man decades younger than his 73 years. And he is talker; he offers his opinion as freely as his smile; and he is honest in both. He is kind but candid, a man born in an age when political correctness meant appreciating the right to vote rather than obeying the pressure to be silent.

Since he started teaching others his renowned techniques in 1971, more than 11,000 people have attended his watercolour workshops, demonstrations and foreign tours, and each year more student add themselves to the list. His passion is infectious and invigorating.

Reid’s career spans six decades and the honours have been many. Today his paintings endure in the collection of major corporations, ordinary Canadians and the Queen of England’s own at Windsor Castle. In 1992, he was awarded the Commemorative Medal by the federal Government for his contribution to Canadian Art and Honoured to be Arts Person of the Year in his hometown of Brampton.

But Reid hasn’t always supported his eating habit by watercolour painting. He worked as a graphic artist until 1970, and only then did he venture into the world of “Pure Art” full-time, with little security and no formal training. What he knows, he taught himself; what he paints is what he feels.

Reid lives with Maggie, his wife and friend of 32 years, in a rambling country bungalow near Brampton, Ontario, amidst the rolling fields that hug the Credit River. His home holds his studio; his work is his play.

His love of the art of watercolour is total.

“There’s a tremendous attraction that the transparency of watercolour holds for me”, he says. “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 them with? A water-soluble pigment! It’s profoundly appropriate.”

Despite the success he’s achieved, Reid says his search is far from over, and the greatest joy he gets from his work is in the people he meets through it. The patron who hangs Reid’s work in his home and the weekend painter who shares his humour and enthusiasm over the magic of watercolour-these people contribute to the ongoing process that is Reid’s life as a painter.

“I didn’t get this far without help from a lot of people,” he says, “and I thank them all”.


1999 Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolours, elected a Life


1992 Commemorative Medal, Canadian Government recognition of

Contribution to the Arts of Canada

1990 Arts Person of the Year, Brampton, On

1974 Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolours purchase Award,


1972 Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolours Purchase Awards,

Toronto, On

1971 First Prize, Watercolour, Carling Kiwanis, Outdoor Exhibition,

Toronto, ON


Diamond Jubilee Collection C.S.P.W.C.

H.R.H. Queen Elizabeth II

Windsor Castle, England

Displayed in the Queen’s Gallery in Windsor and several Exhibitions in


Savoy Hotel, London, England

United States National Park Service

Waterton Glacier International Peace Park, Montana, USA

The Honourable William Davis, Q.C., Brampton

NCR, Mississauga

Revenue Canada Taxation Division

Government of Canada

Mashusita Electric, Mississauga, ON

General Electric, Mississauga, ON

Brigdens Ltd., Toronto, ON

Carlton Cards, Toronto, ON

Rodman Hall, St. Catharines

Bramalea Ltd., Toronto, ON

M.P.H. Consulting Ltd., Toronto, ON

City of Brampton, On

Dominion Foundries and Steel Co., Hamilton

Citicorp Limited, Toronto

George Weston Limited, Toronto, ON

I.P.S.C.O. Inc., Regina, SAK

The Honourable Don Mazankowski

Mr. Denis Flynn, Toronto, On

Cargill Ltd., Head Office, Winnipeg, Manitoba

IBM, Canada

Warner Lambert Canada Limited, Toronto, ON

Wawanesa Mutual, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Ariens Corp, Burlington

Etobicoke Board of Education

North York Board of Education

Weight Watchers, International

Lindsay Public Library

Kitchener-Waterloo Public Library

St. Hilda College, Toronto, ON

Mrs. James Richardson, Winnipeg, Manitoba


1994-97 McMichael Gallery Fund Raising

1988-94 Oakville Art Society, Oakville

Dundas Valley School of Art, Dundas, ON

Mississauga Symphony, Mississauga, ON

Burlington Cultural Centre, Burlington, ON

Brampton Synphony, Brampton, ON

1983-94 Canadian Mental Health, Toronto, ON

Kitchener, Kingston, Peterborough, Stratford, Winsor, Sarnia,

Chatham, Guelph, Brockville, York Region, Barrie, Burlington,

St. Catharines, Woodstock

1980-90 Toronto Symphony Dream Auction, ON

1979 Aviva Hadassah, Toronto, ON

1973-74 Sotheby’s Canada Limited, Toronto, ON

One-Man Exhibitions:

1998 Assiniboia Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan

1994 Assiniboia Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan

1990 Harbour Gallery, Mississauga, ON

1989 Loch & Mayberry, Winnipeg, Manitoba

1988 Assiniboia Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan

1987 Halton Hills Cultural Centre, Georgetown

1985 Homer Watson Gallery, Kitchener

1984 Eaton’s Gallery, Toronto, ON

1982 Devooght Gallery, Vancouver, BC

1981 McDowell Gallery, Toronto, ON

1979-86 Assiniboia Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan

1979-83 Cardigan Milne Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba

1978 Peel Country Museum, Brampton, ON

1977 The Arts and Letters Club, Toronto, ON

1975-78 Pollock Gallery, Toronto, ON

1972 Doon School of Fine Art, Kitchener

1971-83 Gustafsson Gallery, Brampton, ON

1971 Imperial Life Insurance Co., Toronto, ON

Juried Exhibitions:

1994-97 McMichael Gallery Fund Raising, Kleinburg

1989-90 C.S.P.W.C., National Ballet of Canada, Toronto, ON

1988 McKenzie Public Art Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan

Diamond Jubilee Collection, Ontario House, London, England

1986 McDonald Gallery Diamond Jubilee Collection of the C.S.P.W.C.

1985 National Ballet, Canadian Opera Company, Toronto, ON

1981 C.S.P.W.C., National Ballet of Canada

1980 McDonald Gallery, Queen’s Park, Toronto, ON

Kitchener-Waterloo Gallery, Kitchener

Rodman Hall, St. Catharines

Burlington Cultural Centre, Burlington, ON

Sarnia Public Art Gallery, Sarnia

The Gallery, Stratford

1979 The Arts and Letters Club, Toronto, ON

C.S.P.W.C. Society, Toronto, ON

1978 Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour, London, England

Citicorp Collection, Toronto, ON

Dofasco Collection, Hamilton, ON

1976 C.S.P.W.C. Society, Vancouver,BC

1974 C.S.P.W.C. Society, Calgary, AB

1972 C.S.P.W.C. Society, Toronto, ON

1971 Carling Kiwanis Outdoor Exhibition, Toronto, ON

1970 Society of Canadian Artists, Toronto, ON


1997 Artist in Residence, Glacier National Park, Montana, USA

1994 Brampton Arts Council (Honorary Member), Brampton

1983 Erindale Gallery, University of Toronto (Consultant), Mississauga

1979-81 Schneider’s School of Fine Arts (Instructor), Actinolite

1978 Canadian Conference of Arts (Member), Toronto, ON

1976 Visual Arts, Ontario (Director), Toronto, ON

1975-92 The Arts and Letters Club, Toronto, ON

1975 Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolours (Life Member), Toronto, ON

Educational Publications:

1997 - Published “First Steps” series, an introduction to watercolour painting for the beginner and intermediate student. Release in the fall of 1998.

A second book on how to paint snow and water is now available. A new book titled “Watercolour for Fun and Travel” is in production for release in 2001.

CD Rom:

In 1996 production of a CD ROM titled “Watercolour My Way” an introduction to watercolour for the beginner or intermediate student.


In 1996 a 10 part Television Series titled “Watercolour My Way” for every level of student. This series was nominated for an award in Educational T.V. in 1996.

Watercolour Workshops:

Has conducted workshops in all of the Provinces of Canada, England, Scotland, Ireland, Portugal, Mexico and many States in the USA, Including Alaska.

Reid conducts group Workshops in his studio and is also available for demonstrations or classes for Art Societies or Clubs.