One of the most phenomenal things about art is that it allows for creativity to tap into an innate sense of strength and joy within the artist. The resulting work of art, in turn, has the potential to spark a similar emotional response in those who experience it. Art Motif Magazine’s next featured artist is a perfect example of this artistic phenomenon. Regina Lord, founder of Creative Kismet Art, is a former registered nurse who now weaves a mixture of her Hispanic heritage along with her love for folk art to help heal and paint the world more bright and colorful for all of us. Enjoy our interview with Regina and make sure to visit the links at the end of the post to learn about her upcoming co-op art gallery Chris Bubany & Friends Gallery which will include workshop space for art classes.
What is essential to your work as an artist? A good audio book or music and a nice chunk of time is all I need to sink into a painting and let the magic flow.
How do your background, cultural roots, and/or sense of identity manifest in your art? I am Hispanic and grew up in Northern Arizona, but it wasn’t until I moved to Tucson as an adult that I started wanting to learn more about my roots, as well as the Mexican culture of Southern Arizona. It has definitely made its way into my work in the way of colors and subject. I was also a registered nurse for 15 years. My desire to help people heal and feel better is something I strive for in my art.
How has your artistic practice changed over time? When you are first starting out, there is a lot of self doubt, second guessing yourself and not knowing what your style is. I’ve been painting for almost 10 years now and I am definitely more confident in my style, technique and color palette than I used to be. There is always a bit of self doubt but it is mixed with more self encouragement and kindness. I am always learning and growing but I feel like I have a good base and that allows for more exploration.
Are there any themes you gravitate towards more in your works? I believe in bringing hope, joy and happiness into everything I create. I think there is enough darkness, loneliness, sadness, desperation and pain in the world and what we need now, more than ever, is hope and joy. I choose to always look for beauty and goodness and strive to put that into my art. My hope is that it sparks joy in others.
Do you have a preferred genre/style/medium? I love everything bold, bright and very colorful. Acrylic paint is my medium of choice but I also like adding other mediums as well.
What inspires you? EVERYTHING! The sun, the light, the outdoors, the sky, the clouds, the monsoon season, birds, southwestern wildlife, nature – anything bright and colorful. I am always looking for it and it is everywhere.
Different people perceive and respond differently to art. Do you recall any memorable responses by others to your works? I’ve had so many wonderful encounters with lovely people who admire my work. I am forever thankful to those people who come to my art shows to give support and share words of kindness. It really helps to have this encouragement as it keeps me making more art. Recently, I had a sweet response from a lady who was buying some of my art and described it as “delicious bites of happy color”. It was incredibly uplifting.
To learn more about Regina and purchase or see more of her contemporary folk art, click on the following links: