A native Oregonian, Trudy Reynolds was raised in rural Oregon. The first six years of her life were spent in Elkton, Oregon, a town halfway between the Pacific Ocean and Umpqua valleys. Early summer days were spent in the northern Willamette Valley on her grandmother’s farm. Later, her grandfather purchased a registered Quarter Horse mare for his granddaughter where, on the 500 acre ranch in Umpqua, many hours were spent with the horses. Sketching and riding became her favorite pastimes.
After raising a husband, two sons, and working in law enforcement for 27 years, she retired to pursue her ambition to paint equine subjects, other animals and landscapes.
Her art education was through local Douglas County Oregon public schools and Colorado State University for Police Composite Sketching/Facial Reconstruction in addition to workshops instructed by artists Foster Caddell, Susan Ogilvie, Anita Wolff, Lorenzo Chavez, Frank Federico, Lora Block, Richard McKinley, Clive Tyler, Willo Balfrey, Mike Beeman, Barbara Benedetti-Newton, and Robert Gamblin.
Since 1982, Trudy has been exhibiting in only juried shows. She was the webmaster for Pastel Society of Oregon.
Trudy prefers painting animals, horses, cats, dogs and a few landscapes. She also does commissioned paintings.