Rocky Reed (b. 1988) is a self-taught artist living in Des Moines, Iowa. He currently paints contemporary realist pieces featuring still life, landscape/cityscape, and figurative subjects.
Rocky makes an effort to impart a sense of poetry, technical bravura, and presence to his paintings. He selects subjects and compositions based on complexity, variety, and compelling visual relationships. He paints realist subjects strictly from sight, without the use of photograph references. He also adheres to a vegan approach when selecting painting materials; completing paintings using all vegan-friendly paints/pigments, glues, and supports.
In addition to painting, Rocky enjoys athletics, culinary arts, computer programming, music, and literature.