ABOUT Brianna Reagan
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.