After World War II, Hal Reed studied at the Art Center School of Los Angels and in the 1950's at the Art Leage of San Francisco. In the mid 1950's, he studied with Nicolai Fechin at Fechin's Santa Monica Studio, until Fechin's untimely death at age 74.
Hal was born in Frederick, Oklahoma in 1921, and his family moved to Southern California when he was seven years old.
Hal worked as a cartographer for the Auto Club of Southern California. During World War II and the Korean conflict, he served as an aerial photographer. He was awarded a battlefield commission and a bronze star and five battle stars for distinguished service.
Hal founded the Art League of Los Angeles where he taught classes in composition and color harmony, anatomy, and advanced painting techniques. His book “How to Compose Pictures and Achieve Color Harmony” was published by Walter Foster Publications.