Oil paintings by Rodney Reis will be on display through Nov. 17, 2018 in the Back Room Gallery at the Northeast Kingdom Artisan's Guild in St. Johnsbury.
Rodney Reis lives in Peacham, a quintessential New England village that could have materialized from a Reis canvas, a town, made just for him to paint. Rodney has dedicated his life to landscape oil painting, seeking to perfectly capture the atmosphere of the delicate balance between nature and light.
His professional training is grounded in classical realism, in the spirit of the Hudson River School, based on the specific materials of the Dutch Masters. His techniques are modeled on the methods and materials of Rembrandt and Van Dyck, and would fit in perfectly with the works of Bierstadt, Cropsey and Church.
Rodney received his training at the Art Students League in New York City, where he is a lifetime member. He is also a member of the prestigious Salmagundi Art Club in New York City. Rodney studied landscape oil painting with master painter Frank Mason. As a fine arts instructor at St. Johnsbury Academy, a private school in St. Johnsbury, he passes on traditional techniques and knowledge to his students.
Professor Reis has also perfected the art of crafting handcrafted gilt frames and includes them on request for specific commissions or gallery showings, including restoration of frames for museums and private collections. Rod acquires all materials used for his painting from sources all over the world. Painting and grinding mediums are specifically hand-crafted according to alchemist formulas handed down by generations of oil painting masters. Panels crafted by Rodney for his paintings are of the best obtainable materials worldwide.