Oak Bay businessman finds his muse

Despite his business pedigree, Rick Reynolds comes by his love of art honestly.

  • Sep. 22, 2012 2:00 p.m.
Oak Bay businessman Rick Reynolds at a recent show at the Arts Centre at Cedar Hill.

Oak Bay businessman Rick Reynolds at a recent show at the Arts Centre at Cedar Hill.

Rick Reynolds has been in the financial services industry for more than 35 years. In 1993, he established R.E. Reynolds Investments and Insurance Services in Oak Bay, where he advises a select group of clients on financial matters. It’s a successful business and Reynolds is a solid, conservative businessman.

He is also an artist.

After purchasing a waterfront cabin overlooking Desolation Sound, he found himself so moved by the beauty of his surroundings that he began to paint. That was about seven years ago, and Reynolds is still painting.

Despite his business pedigree, Reynolds comes by his love of art honestly. He gained his appreciation of expressionist art from an early age as he lived next door to Herbert Siebner, a member of the Victoria Limners Society. He was also heavily influenced by Flemming Jorgensen, a sophisticated and well-known Victoria artist.

“I really started out as a collector of original art and own several Siebner paintings,” said Reynolds. “But I’ve always loved art and enjoy letting that part of myself out and putting it on canvas.”

Reynolds has exhibited his work on several occasions, the most recent of which took place at the Arts Centre at Cedar Hill between Aug. 29 and Sept. 11. It’s a remarkable departure from his regular career.

Jeani Reynolds, Reynolds’ sister, and the coordinator of the Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria, isn’t surprised that her brother enjoys the creative process. “It’s a place where he can really play,” she said. “He’s quite prolific, but that’s because he has a lot inside himself that he needs to express.”

Reynolds’ paintings are done primarily in acrylics, a medium that dries very quickly and requires an immediacy that doesn’t apply to most other mediums. “It actually suits my style,” said Reynolds. “Some of the work is representative of my surroundings at the cabin, but most of it is almost accidental. I’ll start out wanting to paint something I can see and then I find something on the canvas that stirs my imagination and sends me off in another direction.”

It seems his approach is working as his art is selling. During his Sept. 6 reception at the Arts Centre, Reynolds sold four of his paintings.

As to his critical acceptance within the arts community, Jeani says that he is increasingly well accepted. “Even though he is an emerging artist and hasn’t really been out there too much, when people see his work they are intrigued. They like it,” she said.


Just Posted

GardenWorks nursery in Oak Bay at its home until August. (Black Press Media file photo)
GardenWorks puts down new roots in Oak Bay this summer

Nursery shifts down The Avenue to fill former fitness studio space

Victoria Police Department vehicles outside the headquarters building. VicPD (Black Press Media file photo)
Gorge Waterway’s muddy bank swamps man’s attempt to flee Victoria police

A wanted man got stuck in the Gorge Waterway while fleeing police on June 15

Defenceman Damon Agyeman guards his side of the rink while playing for the Medicine Hat Tigers. (Courtesy of RJF Productions)
Off-season WHL deals continue for retooling Victoria Royals

Defenceman Damon Agyeman acquired from Medicine Hat, Bentham era ends with hometown Royals

Police dog Hitch helped arrest a man who had reportedly threatened the security guards of a Victoria shopping centre with a knife on June 15. (Photo courtesy of VicPD)
Man with knife arrested after reportedly threatening Bay Centre security guards

The K9 unit’s police dog, Hitch, was deployed to assist with the arrest

Saanich Volunteer Services Society volunteers head out to deliver this week’s meals to local seniors. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
VIDEO: Weekly meal deliveries help brighten the day for Saanich seniors

Seniors are delivered nutritional meals by a group of volunteers every Wednesday

Maxwell Johnson is seen in Bella Bella, B.C., in an undated photo. The Indigenous man from British Columbia has filed complaints with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal and the Canadian Human Rights Commission after he and his granddaughter were handcuffed when they tried to open a bank account. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Heiltsuk Nation, Damien Gillis, *MANDATORY CREDIT*
VIDEO: Chiefs join human rights case of Indigenous man handcuffed by police in B.C. bank

Maxwell Johnson said he wants change, not just words, from Vancouver police

Anyone with information on any of these individuals is asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visit the website victoriacrimestoppers.ca for more information.
Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of June 15

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says re-opening B.C.’s border to the U.S. ‘is not in our best interest’ right now. (B.C. Government photo)
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry (B.C. Government photo)
B.C. records 113 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, four deaths

Vaccination of young people rising quickly, near 75 per cent

Marine biologist Rick Harbo pulls a lid from the Ladysmith harbour, which he uses to monitor the presence of native and non-native species in the Ladysmith harbour. (Cole Schisler photo)
Unidentified sponge may be the latest marine species invading Island harbour

Marine biologist finding dozens of alien species in warm-water Ladysmith Harbour, none threatening

Island Health is bringing a vaccination clinic to Lake Cowichan starting June 23. (Submitted)
Island Health opening COVID-19 vaccine clinic to boost lagging Cowichan Lake numbers

Cowichan Valley West the only Island area under 60 per cent in adult first dose totals

For more than a year, Rene Doyharcabal and a small group of neighbours in Langley’s Brookswood neighbourhood have been going out every evening to show support for first responders by honking horns and banging pots and drums. Now, a neighbour has filed a noise complaint. (Langley Advance Times file)
Noise complaint filed against nightly show of support for health care workers in B.C. city

Langley Township contacted group to advise of complaint, but no immediate action is expected

A nurse prepares a shot of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Yukon Convention Centre in Whitehorse on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mike Thomas
Vancouver couple pleads guilty to breaking Yukon COVID rules, travelling for vaccine

Chief Judge Michael Cozens agreed with a joint sentencing submission,

An inmate in solitary confinement given lunch on Tuesday, May 10, 2016. THE CANADIAN/Lars Hagberg
22-hour cap on solitary confinement for youth in custody still too long: B.C. lawyer

Jennifer Metcalfe was horrified to hear a youth had spent a total of 78 straight days in isolation

The discovery of a missing woman’s body in Nanaimo earlier this month is now being treated as homicide, say Nanaimo RCMP. (File photo)
Discovery of woman’s body in downtown Nanaimo now being investigated as a homicide

Amy Watts was found dead near Albert Street and Victoria Crescent on June 3

Most Read