Local Santa Fe artist, Regina Foster's new body of paintings reflects a stunning tour-de-force delving into the idea of personal "Veritas", Truth.  The choice to live in "veritas", with liberty, and in personal integrity, — as a country, an individual, or a global family.  "The world lately feels very black and white," says Foster, "and these works have come from call to the soul within us that inspires courage to live in integrity." Foster paints through pattern, symbolism, and layered atmosphere evoking metaphor and message from an intuitive place.

I paint symbols of metaphor: the rose represents heart and inner strength, birds are messengers of spirit, and through these places one can reach out and touch the heart in others.
 "Liberty" August 11th, 2017 with Regina Foster & Paige Bradley

"Liberty" August 11th, 2017 with Regina Foster & Paige Bradley

 detail: "Blah Blah" oil on canvas 60x60"

detail: "Blah Blah" oil on canvas 60x60"

REGINA FOSTER

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 Regina Foster original paintings as scarves from ROZENDOVE.

Regina Foster original paintings as scarves from ROZENDOVE.

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Growing up in South Africa with a mother who was a landscape painter; drawing and painting became a blissful and ‘easy’ activity for me. My mother worked during the day so she usually painted in the early hours of the morning. I would sit silently on the stairs watching her every brush stroke.

I did not see myself an artist for many of my adult years. I was a fashion model, social worker, photographer, scriptwriter, and broker of old master and impressionist art, and still, I questioned my path.

Moving to Santa Fe changed all that. This enchanting place has given me the gift of living in the world of oils and art that I have always known, so grateful to wake-up every day and open my energy to the creative process.

Regina Foster’s paintings present us with dichotomies: they are at once elegant in their pictorial narratives coupled with the atmospheric backgrounds she incorporates into so many of her works. Simultaneously, the atmospheres often reveal an under painting that is vibrant with equations; and the subjects always evoke a deeper metaphor to our connection with spirit, with the heart of life.

A marvelous sense of randomness present in the composition of the underlying equations stands in contrast to the sharply defined imagery she engages in her subjects.