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We have purchased 100's of original paintings by Marjorie Reed over the years and are the largest private collector of her work. If you have a painting that you are considering selling feel free to give us a call at the above number or directly at 949.385.0091 or send us an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name and phone number and we will be happy to discuss buying or appraising your painting. Our sites contains pictures of just some of her original artwork that we have collected over the years or that have been sent to us by other collectors like yourself.
We have bought Marjorie Reed artwork for over 30 years. We personally knew the artist when living in Tombstone AZ an up to her death late in the 1990's. We have enjoyed collecting her work for years and enjoy sharing our love for her work. If you are selling one of her paintings we GUARANTEE to pay at least 30% higher than any other collector or art gallery.
Marjorie Jane Reed was born in Springfield, Illinois and raised in Los Angeles, Marjorie Reed was a very successful painter and painted mainly western scenes, particularly Butterfield Overland Stage coaches and other scenes of cowboys, horses and figures associated with the Overland Mail Route. Marjorie reed signed her paintings with men's names including Harvey Day and Fred Day as well as Marjorie Reed or Ms. Creese. Her father, Walter Stephen Reed, a commercial artist, whom she later assisted in the designing of Christmas cards for the Mickey Mouse Beverage Company. She was so accomplished that shortly after, she was hired by Walt Disney Studios to do drawing animation. Her real passion was drawing and painting and grew tired of the work she did for Disney.
In the 1930s, she studied at the Chouinard Art School where she studied under
Jack Wilkinson Smith, a renowned landscape painters. She was encouraged to
roam the country and find what she liked to do. She became a
friends with a Captain William Banning who had been a stagecoach driver for his
father Phineas Banning. She was told stories about the Butterfield
Overland Mail Stage, which, from 1857 to 1858, ran from San Francisco to the
Yuma crossing on the Colorado River.
From the late 1930s to late 1940s she traveled the stage-coach route of the Butterfield Overland Mail Stagecoach and and sketched for the paintings of her project to learn about and sketch various points along the route. Her "Butterfield Stage" series, about the 1858 Butterfield Overland Stage from St. Louis to San Francisco were completed in 1957 after years of travel and research, and a book titled The Colorful Overland Stage was published with twenty of her color reproductions and text by Richard Pourade. In 1967, she finished a second set of Overland Stage illustrations focused on Arizona. A third set was then devoted to New Mexico and Texas and a fourth set to Oklahoma, Arkansas and Missouri. Click here for original Marjorie Reed stagecoach pictures
In her later years, she and her fourth husband, Cecil Creese, a miner, became residents of Tombstone, Arizona in 1963 after living in northern California on the Placer River. During her years in Tombstone Arizona she graciously taught young children as young as 5 years old how to paint. She lived modestly in an adobe style house outside of town where she also had a gallery. She enjoyed painting in Tombstone and the residence all appreciated her kindness and the amazing things she could do with paint. Most of her work she sold at her gallery which was also her home. She didn't advertise any of her paintings and if you ever saw her in town she always had a smile on her face. I'll be posting some of my art that I painted when I was 5-7 years old soon as well as pictures of what might have been of her last stage ride. Find out more about Marjorie Reed.
One quick story that I have to share that I have heard from more than a few people is that Marjorie Reed sometime didn't allow people to buy her paintings at her gallery and she actually told them which ones they could buy. I know of several artists that did the same thing and I know that she wanted the people to own her art if they actually enjoyed it.
The picture on the right is title "On the Road to Tombstone". In the background you will notice the famous mountain that looks like a Sheep.
The mountain is named sheep's head. We purchased the painting in 2005 from a local auction.
"I want to thank you for all of the information about Marjorie Reed. I learned a lot from your website.", Brandon Thomas., Tombstone Arizona
"I want to thank you for talking to me on the phone the other day. I'm glad we could work out an arrangement for you to buy my paintings. Thanks, Chad Clipson. New Mexico
"I had no idea that Marjorie Reed painted so many different types of paintings from stage coaches to landscape. Thanks for providing me with some great information as I purchased one of her paintings back in the 1980's in Tombstone, AZ but didn't know exactly who she was. All all saw was a great looking painting that I've enjoyed for years. Donny Bradshaw, St., Louis, MO
"..Great pictures. I think I actually bought one similar back in the 1970's when I visited her gallery in New Mexico. Thanks for all the wonderful information about her life and paintings. I did come across a letter that I saved and I'd be happy to give it to you so you can place it up on your website. Lauren V. Tustin, CA
"I used to know Marjorie Reed back when I lived in Tombstone Arizona. We used to go visit her gallery and loved talking to her and seeing her work. I was luck to be able to purchase 3 of her stagecoach paintings back in the 1970's and I've had them displayed ever sense in my living room. I'm happy to see another site that shows all of her work. I love your gallery section and I recognize many of the works as one of them is pretty close to the one I purchased from her. Again, thank you for such a wonderful site full of information and paintings from an artist that I feel was one if not the best western artist of her time. Tony Patton, Tombstone, AZ
"..Thanks for buying my painting. I got ripped off several years ago from another dealer that never sent me the money. I had to actually go and pick up the painting from the gallery. I had it appraiser prior to calling you and you paid me over $300 more than anyone else. It was a pleasure working with you and I'm glad my painting went to a collector that actually was going to keep it and not just turn around and sell it. Thanks for posting my picture of the painting on your site as I love showing my friends." Dennis Brown. Phoenix, AZ
"I remember your family when you lived in Tombstone. I really appreciate all the things on your site. I'll be posting some good stories that I can remember soon. I remember when she did some of her work and signed it Harvey Day. I still own some of them and will be talking to you soon about buying them. Thanks Brandi Joanhaon, Tombstone, Arizona.
"Thanks for talking to me the other night. After I checked around you were able to pay me more for my painting than what my local dealer said and heprices were the best. I'm glad I sold it to you and that you have pictured it on your website for all to enjoy..
"When I decided to sell my entire
collection of Marjorie Reed paintings I thought of you after we met at the
Tucson art show. I'm happy to see that you have them at your house and are
enjoying them with your family. I also wanted to thank you for advising me not
to sell several of my other art pieces. I recommend you to anyone looking to
sell their pieces as I know that you and your family will treat them right.
Brandon Peterson. Pratt Kansas
"I found the below from some books and I thought I would pass it along to you on the history of Marjorie Reed. Born in Springfield, IL, raised in Los Angeles, Marjorie Reed gained a reputation for paintings of western scenes, particularly Butterfield Overland Stage coaches and scenes of cowboys, horses and figures associated with the Overland Mail Route. Sometimes she signed her paintings with men's names including Harvey Day and Fred Day. At the age of three, she began art lessons from her father, Walter Stephen Reed, a commercial artist., whom she later assisted with illustrations for the Mickey Mouse Beverage Company, affiliated with Walt Disney. She was so accomplished that shortly after, she was hired by Walt Disney Studios to do animation. But she did not like the regimentation of that work.
In the mid-1930's, she studies at
the Chouinard Art School and took lessons from Jack Wilkinson Smith, a renowned
painter who was a key artist in establishing the Biltmore Salon in LA. Knowing
her love of the outdoors and horses, he encouraged her to roam the countryside.
She became a friend of Captain William Banning who had been a stagecoach driver
for his father Phineas Banning. She learned the romantic story of the
Butterfield Overland Mail Stage, which from 1857 to 1858 ran from San Francisco
to the Yuma crossing on the Colorado River. Based in LA from the late 1930's to
the late 1940's she traveled the stage-coach route and sketched for the
paintings of her project to learn about various points along the route. Her
travels included Palm Springs, which she visited many times after her first stop
in 1937, and also Julian, a California mountain town. Her Butterfield Stage
series, about the 1858 Butterfield Overland State from St. Louis to San
Francisco was completed in 1957 after years of travel and research, and a book
titled The Colorful Overland Stage was published with twenty color reproductions
and text by Richard Pourade. In 1967, she finished a second set of book
illustrations focused on Arizona A third set was devoted to New Mexico and
Texas, a fourth to Oklahoma, Arkansas and Missouri. In her later years, she
became residents of Tombstone Arizona in 1963 after living in northern
California on the Placer River. According to her daughter, Judy Morris, Marjorie
Reed died in 1997, living in a desert near the Butterfield Stage Station in
California. These facts come from the sources: Phil Kovinich and Marion Yoshiki
Kovinick, Encyclopedia of Women Artists of the American West Peggy and Harold
Samuels, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Artists of the American West Edan
Hughes, Artists in California 1760-1970
Donna Wilson - Irvine, CA
Thanks for selling us the 9X12
painting by Marjorie Reed. It was exactly as you described and looks great hung.
You were more than kind giving us all the history not only about her but also
about how you obtained the painting. It is nice to see people that are
passionate towards western art. I look forward to obtaining more art pieces from
you in the future.
Thank you so much for the last
painting, exactly as you stated.
Jill Harris, AZ
Thanks for finding us the pair of
paintings. I couldn't be happier and thanks for delivering them to us at our
Denton Harvey, Costa Mesa, CA
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