About Rick Reeves

Rick Reeves combines exquisite detail with incredible authenticity as one of the country’s leading historical artists. Rick was initially recognized as an American Civil War Artist, but has since expanded into the genre of historical art, portraiture, landscape and still life. He was influenced by the artwork of a number of different artists. This influence included the 15th century Northern European artist Van Der Weyden and the Van Eycks, the Pre-Raphaelites, and the 19th century American artists such as Eastman Johnson, Frederic Remington, Winslow Homer, A.B. Frost and Henry Farney. But it was the Brandywine school of Howard Pyle that led Rick into the arts as a career.

Mr. Reeves graduated with a degree in studio art from Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL. He also studied at Southampton College on Long Island, NY and the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL. Upon graduation he worked for a short time at an advertising agency before striking out on his own as a freelance illustrator which morphed into fine art which focused on his interest in historical subject matter. In 1988 Rick started his own publishing company, Collector Historical Prints, Inc. Rick then published under Paramount Press of Jamestown, NY, American Art and Antiques of Virginia and American Historical Art of Ft. Leavenworth, KS.

Mr.Reeves was born in Tampa, FL in 1959. He grew up there and started taking art lessons at an early age from a local artist Austin Angle. She taught her students art in the traditional academic way of the 19th century. This was something not taught in most of the colleges in the 1970s which focused on abstract and the “everything is art” mentality. This base of traditional studies put him at odds with a number of fellow art students in college though both rick and his fellow students got a lot out of each others different viewpoints and opinions. His studio now is in the old Santaella Cigar Factory building in West Tampa. Babe Ruth and Winston Churchill both bought their Optimo cigars from the building, Ruth visiting there often during Spring Training. The building is now home to over forty artist studios. Rick resides in Tampa with his wife Sharon.