Janet Reid (American 1894-1988) studied at the Art Institute of Chicago with George Elmer Brown and George Ennis as well as in Paris and New England. She traveled extensively, and painted scenes reflecting her world travels. She was married three times, so also went by other surnames, Thompson, Kellogg, and Hodges. She settled in Florida in the 1960's and was well known for her works depicting Florida in that era. She was a member of Allied Artists of America, the American Artists Professional League, and the Art League of Manatee County. Her work was exhibited at the Milwaukee Art Institute, the New York Water Color Club, and the American Water Color Society.
This painting, oil on masonite, in original red toned wood frame, with label verso, depicts two men, apparently fishermen, in slightly cubist style, with quick and deft brushwork. The panel measures 22 3/4" x 15", the frame 1 1/8" deep. The paint is loosely applied, thinly in areas, with a varnish coat that is also thin in spots.