When Evergreen Farm’s Laura Regan was growing up, she didn’t have a horse but she was inspired by the animal’s beauty. The future horseman always wanted to be an artist.
Regan attended the University of Memphis as an art major, but her parents suggested that she direct her energies toward something more practical.
“I got my business degree, went on from there, married and grew up,” said Regan, who rides with DFG Stables’ Daniel Geitner.
It was only after Regan relocated to Jacksonville, Fla., that she met an artist who changed her life.
“I met Mary Jo Hinson,” said Regan. “She was at First Coast Community College of Jacksonville. She said to me, ‘Come take my class.’ She thought I was talented, and encouraged me. She talked me into taking a painting class, which I took. She’s a great artist.”
Regan’s portrait of a man titled “Zachariah” placed first at a juried show, further fueling her interest.
“I wasn’t there because I was at a horse show,” said Regan. “It was pretty amazing when my friend bought the painting.”
Regan works in oil on canvas and paints a variety of subjects. She does commissioned work, and doesn’t limit herself to one thing in particular, although she prefers painting portraits of horses and people.
“If it means something to somebody, it means something to me,” said Regan. “I get into my work.”
The artist also works in oil and pastels. Regan’s studio is located in her house.
But, it was Hinson’s influence that has made the greatest impact on Regan as an artist.
“She inspired me to do what I wanted to do,” said Regan. “She believed in me. She empowered me to keep on trying. I want to paint things I’m passionate about.”