Reveille grew up in Pueblo, Colorado and painted with old enamels and created with the wood leftover from her father’s building projects. She was intrigued by the flamboyant colors in God’s bugs and flowers, and the running together of the paints. She ruined many uncleaned brushes with
enamel paint. Reveille was in the first class to graduate from South High School in Pueblo, CO. in 1960 and attended two years at Pueblo Jr. College. She then proceeded to marry the sweetest guy, have 5 little kids, (6 years and under,) and she became very busy with diapers and kitchen duties. No time
for art. She has taken many workshops and classes around the world and her paintings hang in England, Scotland, Japan and around the US. Reveille is currently teaching out of her house/studio. She is past President of Pike’s Peak Watercolor Society and also Arati Gallery where she is a member for 15 years in Old Colorado City.
Reveille Kennedy’s Statement:
I am a people watcher and light gatherer, scanning body attitude, expression, and the drape of clothing, hair in sunlight and skin. I imagine people and animals in settings of my own creation and I feel that their strength, dignity, weakness or sorrow is evident in my work, such as the limp limb of relaxation or the limber body pressed to the dancers side. A baby unsteadily toddling, play and repose are part of my unique, colorful approach to painting. Animals have attitude too. Some are dignified and some are silly or playful. It is up to me to catch the light of their character in an impressionistic way. I also love interpreting the majestic Rocky Mountains, lyrical florals, seasonal scenery and wildlife engaging with me in my back garden. What is new to painting? It is that indescribable individual scrawl, stroke, line or choice of color. It is the puzzling mix of learned and experimented. Great artists become, and become until their hair falls out and their jaws droop. It is God’s intuition, inspiration, and His mystery. For me, it is the most intriguing career anyone could have. Sometimes my work is quiet and restful Sometimes bright and playful. Paintings influence thought. Paintings engage senses in the same way words do. Paintings make people wonder, be amazed and ruminate and meditate, getting ready to hear God. When God talks to me it is always simple uplifting and kind. In the same way my paintings, I hope are uplifting.