Reynold Brown was first and foremost a narrative artist. Telling stories was his most compelling artistic inspiration whether it was illustrating a book, a magazine, a movie, or just a cartoon to entertain his children. He was moved by an appreciation for beauty and fascinated by the stories told in the faces around him, both of which he portrayed in his fine art. His subjects of choice included the historical and mythical American West, ships, landscapes and the people who populated them. He also loved machinery, especially aircraft, leading to a long association with the USAF art program.