Award-Winning Watercolour Artist and Teacher

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​Born in Toronto, Jack Reid lived in Brampton until 2006 and practised in his studio located on Steeles Avenue, alongside the Credit River. He is best known for his watercolours, which he taught to thousands of students on Saturday mornings in his Brampton studio. The City of Brampton honoured the late Jack Reid on September 16, 2014 in Garden Square, where his nephew, Robert McAffee received the award on his uncle’s behalf.

“Today I was so proud to accept, on behalf of my late uncle Jack Reid, his Star on Brampton's Walk of Fame. […] It was such a pleasure to see my uncles name and star permanently placed into the Entrance way to the Rose Garden Theatre in Brampton.” Robert McAffee on his dedication to Jack Reid

Jack Reid ​(1924-2009) grew up in Toronto during The Depression, but resided for many years in Brampton (until 2006), his studio flanked by the Credit River. With a grade 7 education, after working as a graphic artist, he decided at the age of 45 to devote himself to his art. He learned from books and through practice and before long he was teaching his technique (1971), making videos and books and painting as a sustainable career. More than 11,000 people have attended his watercolour workshops, demonstrations and foreign tours. In 1992, he was awarded the Commemorative Medal by the federal Government for his contribution to Canadian Art and in 1990 was honoured to be Arts Person of the Year in Brampton. His paintings are in the private collection of Queen Elizabeth in Windsor Castle, in England. Jack authored three books, Watercolour Basics: Let’s Get Started (1998), Painting Snow and Water (2000), and Watercolour for the Fun of It: Easy Landscapes (2004), and had an instructional CD-ROM. A mini-series of painting demos, Watercolour My Way, was broadcast on Rogers TV, and released on home video. Jack was featured in Watercolor Magic magazine in 2001. He exhibited in London, England with the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours and was a life-time member of The Arts and Letters Club of Toronto.