Jeannine Barton Regan

My paintings explore the ambiguous line between the abstract and the literal, striving to capture the essence of, and the evocative feeling of a place or experience long before the images form to describe it. The work is a process of building up and tearing down, adding and then excavating, scraping and melting (encaustics), and pushing the image to the edge of loss, and then bringing it back again. My images are often filled with a moody, earthy, textural energy that has become my work’s signature.

For over a decade Jeannine Barton Regan has exhibited her work in the mid-atlantic region as well as in the west. She has shown in many juried exhibitions and solo and group exhibitions. She has been the recipient of numerous awards including Best in Show, Virginia Watercolor Society, and was awarded the Alexander Nepote Award for Experimental Painting at the National Watercolor Society’s exhibition in Los Angeles. Her painting was on tour with the National Watercolor Society’s Touring Exhibition for one year, visiting cities across the country including New York, Chicago, Dallas and San Francisco. Her paintings are in a number of public collections including New York Life Insurance Company, Region Ten Community Services Board, Martha Jefferson Hospital, and City Hall, Charlottesville, VA., and in private collections across the country.

She is affiliated with a number of arts organizations including the National Watercolor Society, Los Angeles, The Art League, Alexandria, VA, The Virginia Watercolor Society, and the McGuffey Art Center, Charlottesville, VA.
She lives and works in Charlottesville, VA. where she is a resident member of The McGuffey Art Center, one of the oldest and most respected community art centers in the country.
Her work can be found at R.H. Ballard Gallery, Washington, VA., Studio 11, Lexington VA., Barboursville Art and Gift Gallery, Barboursville, VA.

Honolulu Museum of Arts Academy-Graduate in Commercial and Fine Arts- 1964

Studied with Jane Edwards, Newport Rhode Island, 1973
Don Lake: landscape painting 1994
Harold Gregor: landscape painting, 1995
Don Andrews, painting the figure, 1996.
Don Getz, master class workshop 1998
Penelope Barringer, monotype workshop 1997,1998, 1999.

EDUCATION (post art school)
Chapman College, Orange CA.- Bachelor of Science, 1976
University of Southern Illinois- Masters of Science in Clinical Psychology
University of Virginia-post graduate studies in psychology

National Watercolor Society- (2002, Alexander Nepote Award for Experimental Painting
Virginia Watercolor Society- (5) Awards: 2000,2002 (Best in Show)
Virginia Watercolor Guild (6) Awards: 1998,1999
Daily Progress Publisher’s Paintings from the Piedmont- (5) Awards: 1997,2001
Region Ten Expo-1997. Award: Best in Show
Albemarle Art Association (5) Awards 1997,1998,1999(Best in Show)
Reston Art League-1998
Fairfax Art League-1997
Alexandria Art League-2002

Jordan Gallery-1996
City Hall Gallery-1996
BozArt Gallery-1996, 1997, 1998
McGuffey Center Gallery- 2001, 2002, 2006
Angelo-2003, 2006

Virginia Watercolor Society-1994, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002
McGuffey Center-2000, 2001, 2002
National Watercolor Society Touring Exhibition-2003

Region Ten Services Board
City Hall, Charlottesville, VA.
New York Life Insurance Company
Martha Jefferson Outpatient Center

Jeannine Regan was born in Waurika, Oklahoma on the way to Memphis, Tennessee where her father was based with Delta Airlines. Her father, who cut short his architect career to pilot during the war was an accomplished artist, as was his mother, and her father, an architect in Bonn Germany. She was raised in Memphis, Tennessee and Dallas, Texas. A hearing loss early in childhood prompted an inward turning and an increased preoccupation with art and imaginings. Her formal art training began at age 14 when she began art instruction in oil painting and drawing. After graduation from high school and finding the prospect of more local education a dull one, she moved to Honolulu, Hawaii and enrolled in the Honolulu Art Museum Academy and the University Of Hawaii. She married John Regan, a career naval officer, and moved to many interesting spots before settling on a farm in Scottsville, Va., a picturesque town on the James River not far from Charlottesville. They have one daughter, Angela, who is director of the gymnastic center in Fredricksburg, VA. Although art was an everyday part of her life, her career from 1980 through 1996 was in psychotherapy (as therapist not patient!) She became a full time painter in 1997, and was awarded resident membership at The McGuffey Center in 2000.