Artist Roy “Boots” Reynolds Jr. became famous among horse people for his comic spirit and colorful images. Reynolds died recently in his Bonner County home at age 78.
Boots Reynolds got cowboys right. That’s how he made them laugh.
Over decades as a cartoonist and painter, he became famous among horse people for his comic spirit and colorful images. But his artwork thrived on a deep, lived sense of Western authenticity – from the droopy brim of a cowboy hat, to the drag and drape of chaps, to the sometimes cantankerous bond between horse and rider, to the effects of time and gravity on a face or a body. Boots got it right.
On the KSPS show “Northwest Profiles” several years ago, he said his greatest satisfaction came when cowboys approached him and said – as they often did – “I’ve been there. I’ve done that. This is real.”
Roy “Boots” Reynolds Jr. died recently in his Bonner County home at age 78. One of the country’s most well-known and prolific cartoonists in the Western vein, his visual style is likely even more familiar than his name. Shawn Vestal, SR
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