Artist regina moraida

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I am a 58 year old women and I have been drawing since I was very young. I started painting in oils when I was 40. I felt then that to develop a craft takes time, and that my time was running out if I was going to fulfill a life long desire to study art. Some of us have the good fortune to believe in ourselves and follow a single dream when we are young and see it through in life as we mature, graciously accepting success, courageously withstanding failure, steadfastly holding onto the dream. Others find that while chasing one dream life reveals others. I became a registered nurse at 25 yrs. old, a wife at 28, a mother at 31 and 33, and an art student at 40.
I am forever grateful for moving to the Napa Valley at 21yrs old. It is to me truly God’s country. Every season is an inspiration. The community is very supportive of the arts and offers many opportunities for artists to explore, learn, and grow. I started by taking classes with John Hannaford and Gary Stuttler at the community college and later Life drawing with Vicky Long. Over the years I have also learned a great deal from my fellow art students, many of whom have gone on to successful art careers.
I joined the 'Portrait Society of America' and through this organization I have met and observed demonstrating their styles some uniquely talented and incredibly versatile artists in the international art world. Since I started painting seriously I have always thought of myself as an art student and every painting a lesson. Each individual painting has taught me something essential I did not quite understand before, even if it was just something about me and [...]

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