Reid Bandeen is a contemporary impressionist landscape painter who began his creative explorations at an early age, where his middle school instructors bought his first paintings. He currently lives and works in New Mexico, where he follows his inspiration to celebrate the splendor of the western landscape. Though largely self-taught, he pursued formal studies at the University of New Mexico, the New Mexico Art League and via mentorships with various contemporary master painters, including Deborah Paris, Arturo Chavez, Scott L. Christensen, and T. Allen Lawson. Located in Placitas, New Mexico, Bandeen primarily explores the expansive panoramas and magical light of the American Southwest, throughout the U.S. and abroad.
To me reality is a feeling, and the true test of my painting is to ignite the feeling of awe and mystery I have experienced from a scene in the viewer. Conveying “feeling” in a painting can be an elusive goal and is seldom achieved by literal rendering. To me, rather than simply reporting an observed scene in paint, I strive to achieve this goal via a unique and original combination of drawing, composition, design, value, color chroma, color temperature, and careful harmonization of these elements interacting with each other.