Marjorie Reed biography by Gary Fillmore

 

 

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Marjorie Reed was a prominent Western artist who is best known for her paintings of the Butterfield-Overland Stage Trail.  Reed made her living solely as a free lance artist for over sixty-five years and as a result left behind a significant body of work.  Yet every bit as colorful as the art is the biographical account of the artist herself.  Reed’s romantic attachment to her subject matter took her from a life of ease in the Hollywood Hills to rustic shacks in the remotest sections of the Southwestern deserts and Bedouin tents in the Middle East.  Using a variety of sources in uncovering new first hand information, Fillmore’s account gives us a deep insight into the character and personality of a woman who “knew exactly what she wanted to do, and did it damned well!”  

Although her art is well respected and sought after, she was an extremely private individual who led a very transient lifestyle, claiming at the age of eighty-one to have moved once for each year she was alive. As a result there is little biographical information available –until now.

Written by Blue Coyote Gallery owner Gary Fillmore, this book offers the first comprehensive account of Reed’s life and work.  Beautifully illustrated with over three hundred color plates and scores of never before published personal photographs. Reed’s work is cataloged from her beginnings as a sixteen year old commercial artist in Los Angeles to the last painting on her easel at the time of her death six decades later. 

Size: 12" x 9"

Hardcover, 264 pages, 430 color plates, 35 B&W photos, 65 sketches (scroll below for a sample of the book)

Publisher: Schiffer Books

       
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