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|A painter of western genre, William Reese was raised on his family's
cattle ranch in central Washington state and from that time had a
love of horses, which is obvious in many of his western
paintings. He also painted landscape, still life and marine scenes.|
Reese was educated at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles
and at Washington State University, Pullman. His grandmother gave
him his first art lessons, using a text book by Charles Lederer, Drawing Made Easy. Of that book, Reese said: "I still have it, or what's left of it. I devoured that book."
Although oil was his primary medium, Reese also worked with
watercolor, pastel, sculpture, etching and lithography, and found he
learned something from each one.
Suffering from lung disease, Reese nearly died at age 31, but refusing
to give in, determined to live his dreams of painting and traveling and
playing the guitar, something he did several hours each day.
In 1971, he set up his studio in Washington and also began giving
private lessons. The next year, he had his first major
exhibition, which was at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle.
Amanda Giovetti, "William F. Reese, The Unstoppable", ART-TALK, June, July 2006.
William F. Reese passed away on Sunday, June 6, 2010.
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