Regina won her first art prize for a landscape watercolour when she was just 12 years old. Having recently migrated to Australia with her parents and two brothers from the Philippines, she found art a welcome escape from the realities of her daunting new life in an unknown country.
Flash forward some 40 years later, her passion for art, which lay dormant for most of her adult life, was quickly resurrected, when her daughter bought her a scrapbook and some pastels on a whim, for her birthday.
With renewed energy, she quickly moved from pastels to acrylics and mixed media on canvas, being her preferred mediums she still uses today.
Despite her relatively short time back on the art scene, Regina has quickly built up a loyal following, particularly for her commissioned pet portraits. With the motto to ‘create smiles on people’s faces’ through her art, Regina is known for her vivacious personality and diversity of work, which stretches from traditional oil landscapes through to her most recent work – a whimsical series entitled ‘The Flamingoes’.
With two adult daughters and two young grandchildren, Regina now lives on the Gold Coast with her husband David, her growing collection of indoor house plants, and her dog Moet (named after her favourite Champagne).