Born and raised in Idaho Falls, Roy Reynolds studied art at the University of Idaho and the Art Center School in Los Angeles. He returned to Idaho and spent years as a cowboy and sometimes artist, and worked on the side as art director for singer/ songwriter Carole King.
Reynolds gave up the cowboy life to work as an illustrator and graphic designer for the Idaho National Laboratory for 26 years. After retiring, he found a studio and started to paint and sculpt full time. Reynolds is intrigued by the region’s landscape, people, and architecture that serve as inspiration for much of his art.
Asked about his style of painting, Reynolds said, “If I knew what I was doing, it wouldn’t be worth doing. It would be mechanical. What I like about painting are the surprises that happen. Lots of times I struggle, but at other times, I’m pleasantly surprised at what happens. Those magical moments are what keep me painting.”
Reynolds was featured with Larry Blackwood at the two-man exhibit The River Remembers at the Art Museum of Eastern Idaho in 2007. His 32 painting from the exhibit are on permanent display at the O.E. Bell Building in Idaho Falls. Many of Reynolds’ bronze sculptures that immortalize figures at the West are on permanent display at the downtown Bank of Idaho in Idaho Falls.
Reynolds’ work is on display February 1 through April 30. The art exhibit is located on the first floor of the Library in the gallery near the Reference Desk and is open for viewing all of the hours the Library is open. Other displays in this area include Black History Month, Idaho Library Association Book Award winners, Martin Luther King Jr., The Idaho Museum of Natural History 30 Year Anniversary and Nelson Mandela.