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Michael Francis Reagan

Michael Francis Reagan is a painter living near Asheville, North Carolina whose been painting professionally for over 40 years. His unique style of layering paint and glazes creates beautiful work which is very reminiscent of traditional oil or acrylic works.

“My approach to watercolor is somewhat unorthodox. I build up layer upon layer of glazes, sometimes using sandpaper to scratch out layers of paint and then paint again and again over that altered surface. I rub color out and wash in new color over the surface. The trick is to keep the painting fresh and alive with the earthy tones of nature. This results in a painting that is closer in appearance to oil or acrylic than what is thought of as the traditional look of watercolor. My palette is almost exclusively Winsor and Newton tubes of Prussian blue, French ultramarine, warm gray, warm sepia, burnt sienna, green gray, cadmium yellow, occasionally opaque white, and finally the wonderful Caribbean blue from Old Holland Watercolors. All are painted on archival paper, usually Arches but sometimes Strathmore.

These paintings reflect my personal vision of place and time. They are what I know – the woods, the mountains, the rivers, lakes, oceans, and birds. I think of them as visual poetry. Moments of time stopped. A feeling stirred by a bird calling at twilight, or the scent of wood smoke on the wind, or the reflection of a passing hawk on the water, or the great stillness of the mountains I live in.”

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Born in El Dorado, Arkansas. Served in the U.S. Navy. Served in The Peace Corps Ivory Coast West Africa. BA in Art and American Literature and MFA University of Arkansas. 40-plus year career as an illustrator/artist. Married and the father of four grown sons. Lives with his wife Christine and their little dog Becky Thatcher and maintains his studio in the mountains of western North Carolina.


Previous Exhibits:
The Annesdale Park Gallery, Memphis, Tennessee (solo exhibit 2016)
The Annesdale Park Gallery, Memphis, Tennessee (summer group exhibit 2016)
Carolina Gallery, Spartansburg, South Carolina (group exhibit 2016)
Alex Gallery, Gallery A in Washington, DC ( solo 2014)
Alex Gallery, Gallery A in Washington, D.C. (solo 2013)
Gallery 10 in Washington, D.C. (solo)
Brody Gallery in Washington, D.C. (group)
Tula Foundation Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia (group)
45th North Carolina Artists Exhibit at North Carolina Museum of Art (group)
The Mint Biennial in Charlotte, NC (group)
Kinston Center for the Arts in North Carolina (solo)
Durham Arts Council, North Carolina (solo)
The Paper Plant Gallery in Raleigh, North Carolina (solo)
Fayetteville Museum of Art in North Carolina (group)
Second Street Gallery in Charlottesville, Virginia (solo)
Hand Gallery – Richmond Virginia Center for the Arts (group)
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (solo)
Danville Museum of Fine Arts in Virginia (solo)
Urbi et Orbi Gallery in Little Rock, Arkansas (solo)
Arkansas Arts Center – The Delta Art Show (group)

Commissions and Collections:
The National Park Service, National Zoo, Peace Corps, The Nature Conservancy, Tampa History Center, National Archives, San Diego Zoo, Alleghany Trail Alliance, Heifer Project, Ducks Unlimited, Jane Katcher Antiques, Florida Wildlife Initiative, Napa Valley Appellations, Architectural Design Guild, Freer Gallery, Christie’s, Patagonia, the Coca-Cola Company, McDonald’s, and American Airlines.

Partial List of Clients:
National Geographic, Smithsonian, The New Yorker, Audubon, Outside, Harper’s, On Earth, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Wall St. Journal, Architectural Digest, Travel & Leisure, Orion, Bon Appétit, South Dakota Magazine. Book publishers – Doubleday, Time-Life Books, Little Brown, Harcourt Brace, Vintage Books, St. Martin’s Press, Chronicle Books, Bloomsbury Children’s Books, McGraw Hill, Avon Books, Marshall Cavendish.



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