In 1966, at the age of twenty-eight, Reynolds began sculpting at the Arkansas Arts Center and started casting very organic sculpture in aluminum and bronze. In 1969, he transferred to the San Francisco Art Institute, where he was one of five students in a new honors program for sculptors. The students had complete freedom, with only a critique on Fridays, allowing them to explore many types of artistic media and ideas. He moved back to Little Rock in 1973, working at his brother's motorcycle dealership and doing no art work.
Eventually, he got into leather work and ended up in Texas working for Tandy Leather Craft (managing Leather Craft stores and teaching). He spent one year doing "biker" leather craft only. He then became half-owner in a wholesale western leather goods manufacturing company in Little Rock. He created and taught leather craft and has won several contests in creating "wildlife wood art." His work has been featured on three consecutive covers of Creative Woodworks and Crafts magazine. He currently resides in Heber Springs, Arkansas.
I have a love for art and a passion for sculpting. I call my artwork "funky abstract expressionism," and I am at a point, in time and in my career, that creating a piece of art is very exciting; my ideas and drawings constantly fill my thoughts, and I love it.
I recently found some of my drawings from the '60s, '70s, and '80s. My newer drawings work right in with them. My artistic vision is to turn these pieces of art into today's ideas and give them the freedom of a "no-holds funkiness" (without limits).
Rodger Mack, MFA, was my teacher at the Arkansas Arts Center. He and his work had a big influence on my work and life during my time there. Also, the paintings of Armenian-born American expressionist Arshile Gorky and Chilean painter Roberto Matta will always be an inspiration to me.
My passion is working with clay. I am continuing to explore the many aspects of sculpturing with ceramic clay and its glazes. It is very forgiving and strong after the bisque firing. I say to myself, "What is this?" when I have two pieces of fired sculpture that I do not like; merged as one piece, however, they make a piece of sculpture that, I believe, will turn one's head for a closer look. Now, I ask myself, "What colors will I use to glaze it?" I look at some of my other work for ideas and inspiration, visualizing images of my leather carvings, bowls, vases, and hand-carved creations, or I go deep within and draw on my experiences and emotions to create a one-of-a-kind piece of art.
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