Growing up in rural Oklahoma, surrounded by flat open spaces, Veda Reed has found endless inspiration in the sky. Each painting represents a particular moment seen and admired, then translated into a small study, and later into a large composition. As she says, "I'm always fascinated to see the sky touch the ground." Her night sky paintings, in particular, are markers signifying people in her past, or particularly special moments in her life.
Reed’s treatment of the landscape has the excitement of opera: crescendos of color meet subtle renditions of shape and shift. Working with super-thin oil glazes, her technique and process are hidden, thereby allowing pictorial drama to become paramount. Clouds take on their own persona, becoming magical performers on Reed’s stage. Each painting is choreographed like a ballet: the clouds dance singly or as a group.