James Reynolds was born in a Standard Oil lease house in 1926, raised in Taft, California and was considered to be one of the finest artists of the Western experience. He was a member of the National Academy of Western Art (NAWA) and of the Cowboy Artists of America. In 1992, for his painting Arizona Cowboys, NAWA awarded Reynolds the Gold Award for Oil Painting, the Nona Jean Hulsey Buyer’s Choice Award, and the Prix de West. Reynolds’ other honors include Gold Awards from NAWA, and, from the Cowboy Artists of America, gold medals for best oil painting, Colt Awards, two George Phippen Memorial Awards and the Thomas Moran Memorial Award at the Autry National Center’s “Masters of the American West Exhibition”.
“Art cannot be casual. I have learned the value of discipline and hard work, and that doing it right takes time. I have discarded set patterns and formulas. My approach to painting changes, although I realize the need to be bold, rather than tentative. I also appreciate that there are both technical and emotional considerations in the creation of worthwhile art.”
– James Reynolds
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