William F. Reese

by Mary N. Balcomb

Prolific and proficient in several media, William F. Reese was best known as one of America’s premier plein air artists, reveling in the majesty of the Northwest and setting up his easel outdoors in all kinds of weather and in every kind of location. He worked mostly in oil, but also produced many watercolors, pastels, sculptures, drawings, lithographs, and etchings. Reese relied heavily on personal observation, working from live models and in the field, each piece a personal statement from and about his life. His art has been shown throughout the United States and in many exhibitions abroad.

William F. Reese is a timeless book written in 1984 by Mary N. Balcomb, with a forward by Wilson Hurley. A richly illustrated and informative book. Contains a special section of artist’s notes. 44 black-and-white sketches and 78 full color plates.

First edition $80, 176 pages, hard cover, 11 x 9-1/2 inches, in original shrink wrap!

See our BLOG for more paintings by Reese, two oil lessons from the book, and more info on his professional relationship with Sergei Bongart. See more of Mary’s etchings here.


In 1981 Reese was one of a selected group of artists invited to participate in the “First American Western Art Exhibit” of contemporary artists to be shown in China. The show was sponsored through the governments of the United States and the Republic of China.