Testimonials and Memories

Memorial Service - March 7, 2013

Interview with Edward Reep recorded Sept. 11, 2012


Remember Reep coming into class and looking for a long time at a student's painting. The student intensely anticipating his critique. Then the master spoke; "_his name_, WHERE IS THE HUMANITY??!!" and walked out. Student is befuddled for days. Mr. Reep knew exactly what to say. He knew we were listening!

Roygbiv – March 11, 2013

My first day of Design 1 class- ECU- 1970. Ed entered with Josef Albers' "Interaction of Color". He was the happiest, angriest person I'd ever met. Library had screwed up the assembly/binding of the LTD hand-printed book. I thought he'd found the Holy Grail. Sir Edward pointed out astonishing simultaneous contrasts and color illusions. It was Christmas, Mardi Gras, the Apocalypse, the Super Bowl, D-Day. And that was the first 5 minutes of my first studio class.

Brent Funderburk – February 28, 2013

Ed Reep - one of my heroes - a great artist, teacher and human being. At ECU back in the 70s, Ed Reep taught me all I know about watercolor and I still use his book The Content of Watercolor in my classes. I had lost my copy of this book a few years back and because I was enable to find one to purchase I wrote to Ed who had retired and moved back to California. I thought he wouldn't remember me but he did and he sent me an autographed copy of The Content of Watercolor which I treasure.
His watercolor and mixed media demos where always a special treat - funny, spontaneous and full of great information. Ed's work always inspired me and he was the kind of teacher that I respected so much that I was always motivated to spend the time to do the best work I could. I learned so much to pass on!
My condolences to his family. What a great guy and what a life well lived!

Joan L Mansfield – March 1, 2013

Ed Reep was always supportive of his students even after they graduated. I still have letters of encouragement from the mid 70's when I wad floundering out west. Many years later he treated me as an old friend when we caught up on old times. He could always inspire you to new heights. I think his spirit will continue to be with us all.

Alex W – March 2, 2013

Other Thoughts

Many thanks to Brent Funderburk for starting this up. Looking forward to participation and hearing what people have to say about my dad. Losing him yesterday - was it just yesterday? - is such a blow, but knowing that he lives on in how he inspired others will be such a tonic and instructive besides - I might learn something! Might? No doubt I will!

Susan Reep – February 28, 2013

Thanks to Mr. Reep - I will always look at the colors of life with a new and open wonder. Eyes wide open, sir! Thank you!

Kay – March 3, 2013

Edward Reep is a great American artist. This should be better known. May this website help!

Roygbiv – March 11, 2013

thank you, ed.

t_holtzclaw_reiser – March 21, 2013