Regina Willard

Regina's desire and passion for painting started at an early age.  Largely a self- taught artist she gained knowledge of oil painting in her teen years and immediately fell in love with the medium.  Painting for her was a release of a language spoken with a brush.  She continued gaining knowledge of painting by attending classes and workshops with local artists and teachers in her hometown.   In 2013 following a life changing experience she made the decision to paint full time. Her paintings are sparked  by familiar surroundings, subjects she enjoys observing. Regina soon benefited from workshops taught by renowned artists she admired... Carolyn Anderson, Lori Putnam, Derek Penix, Kevin Beilfuss and most recently Anne Blair Brown where she translated their knowledge into developing her own work creating a language of her own. She would consider her style impressionistic with emphasis on brushwork and notes of color.  " When I paint I want to give something of myself whether it be an emotion or feeling by way of a color or a mark made. I'm most intrigued by movement of paint and how a mark laying next to another in a different direction can give a subject life...... drawing  the viewer to engage  in my work".  Regina's work has been exhibited in numerous juried and non juried shows in the Ozarks winning multiple awards including Best of Show and Peoples Choice award. She is currently a member of the American Women Artists  association and teaches workshops on oil painting techniques throughout the year.  Her paintings have been purchased by local West Plains businesses and by private individuals throughout the states.    She lives in West Plains, Missouri with her husband Jason  of 28 years.