ABOUT Brianna Reagan

Brianna Reagan paints a large wood panel

I was born in 1986, and spent a handful of years in and around the Bay Area of California. My family moved to Alaska when I turned ten, where I currently live and work.

 

As a Cancer sign, my love for the sea comes naturally. My curiosity was also nurtured through weekend tide-pooling trips back in the CA days with my family. Add that my biological father was a Naval deep sea diver, and I had a recipe for wanting to become a marine biologist when I grew up.

 

Moving to the literal center of the largest state, however, I was no longer near the ocean. I sought the salty solace through my art.

 

Over time, the rough beauty of Alaska seeped into my work and I embraced it on my own terms – painting bones instead of birch trees, and creating weirdness out of the wilderness. I'm still inspired by all things oceanic, and embrace the moments I get to rejuvenate my artistic soul and get my toes in the water.

I often get asked where my ideas come from, and truthfully they come from anywhere; from reading, from music, from podcasts (lately), from solo jogs and walking the dogs, and yes, even from a damn bumper sticker once. I try to get a scribble down (I’ve started carrying pocket-sized sketchbooks), or at least write it down before I lose it. I have never been short on ideas, only short on time. Welcome to my madness.

 

I’m extremely curious about the natural world, so my mind is most open to explore themes of nature. One idea is often the impetus for another. Sometimes I encourage this, and employ my mind to make connections within the whirlwind. Always, I strive to intentionally make something unfamiliar in something familiar. It’s what makes me so excited to make art. 

My art is about connection, about the relationship between objects or characters, and about the journey from concept to completed work of art. My art also connects me to my obsessive need for details and profound need for visual order. The details are then an outlet for these compulsive energies, allowing me to connect uniquely with each work of art.

 

My paintings are applied to a wood surface or panel, with hand drawn details in inks, markers, or color pencils. The mixed media approach further complements the combination of ideas and captures more details and intricacies of the character or object, while also satisfying my compulsive energy.

 

Reagan is my middle name, not my maiden. I chose consistency.

FAQ: Frequently Asked Queries

How long have you been an artist?


I've been drawing since I could hold a crayon. My parents nurtured and supported my talent, and still do. I graduated from UAF in 2008 with a BFA in painting and drawing, and spent years trying to forget everything school taught me.




Are you related to [insert name] Reagan?


No. Reagan is my middle name since birth.




Where do you get your ideas?


Everywhere. Conversations. Books. Songs. Scenery. And even a bumper sticker once. I try to sketch out my thoughts or write ideas down in order to make room for more. I "collect" these thoughts and ideas and then fit them together like puzzle pieces.




Who is your favorite artist?


That's like asking me my favorite color (right now, it's a golden-pea-green). But, Gris Grimly has always been at the top of my list. Jeremy Bastian. Audrey Kawasaki. Kiel Johnson. Erika Sanada. Marc Scheff. Stella Im Hultberg. Graeme Base. Dan Santat... there's alwasy more. You can find a lot of my favorites by who I follow on Instagram.




I can't find the print I want in your store. Do you still have it?


All my prints are limited editions, so I may be sold out. I am happy to order you a custom print, however! Please email me with the name or description of the piece you're interested in and I'll provide some quotes on various size options.




Do you accept commissions?


Yes, and no. Because I am still holding a full time adult job, and raising small humans, my time is very limited. As such, I am very selective on the custom projects I accept. Feel free to email me with your inquiry and idea, and I can provide rates and notify you if I can accept your project. These days my wait list is 6+ months. Please note that I typically do not accept projects of landscapes, personal portraits, pet portraits, custom tattoos, or "paintings from a picture" unless the concept aligns with my artistic integrity.




Can you design my tattoo?


Regretfully, I no longer accept tattoo commissions.




Can I get your artwork tattooed?


Do it! This honestly is the highest compliment you can give an artist! Send me pictures and tag me on anything social.




My business does First Friday - would you like to be a featured artist?


Possibly! If it's next month, no. I try to book my shows at least 8 months in advance to give me ample time to create a new body of work, or collect a cohesive body of work. I typically book one solo show every year or every other year, but can include a piece or two into group shows.




Anything else?


Coffee & cussing are my only two vices. Sorry/not sorry.