Reed is a Los Angeles based painter of Native American and European descent
and a member of the Chinook Indian tribe in Northwestern Washington State.
Her background and heritage inspire images about land, culture, movement
Reed's art is an exciting mixture of symbolic, realistic and abstract imagery. Her recent paintings focus on her Pacific Northwest Coast heritage. Movement and life are captured in splashes of paint: in water, forest, animals, dancers and myth.
Using acrylic, oil and pastel, she creates a world where new visions emerge from mysterious patterns of traditional Native American design and flow into modern art. Color & brush mix modern vs. ancient stories, varying from earthy monochromatic coppers and grays to primary contemporary colors and bold strokes. The use of totems and spirits is part of her imagery; in some cases obvious, in others hidden.
The bulk of her current work is about the rebuilding of modern Native American Coastal tribes. Within this context Reed explores painterly splashes, careening light and shadows, creating other-worldly dream paintings showing shamanistic views of human and animal life . She uses land and water as a metaphor for 'change and growth while maintaning roots'. Pacific Northwest tribes, while nearly stripped of their language and myths, largely remain vital today. Rebuilding of language continues, and tribal people economically and artistically evolve. In evoking a metaphoric 'ghost dance' of living breathing ancestor spirits, she seeks to bring First nations to us as a very living breathing people; her paintings are full of energy and motion.