Webster University art student Rachel Regan uses vivid imagination to paint surreal portraits.

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“Rainbow Man” Acrylic on canvas 11″ x 14″

To watch Rachel talk about her work, click here

Rachel Regan plastered the white walls of her cozy college dorm with vibrant prints of other-worldly context. A woman with an orange face, a scull with flowers blooming out of its eye socket, and most notably Regan’s “6 Planets in Retrograde” colored the otherwise blank canvas of Regan’s drywall.

This is where the young artist found her inspiration; beauty in the mundane.

Regan, a sophomore fine arts student, used art as a medium to express “the inner-workings” of her mind. When too many thoughts bounced around in her head, the artist committed them to canvas.

Regan has practiced many forms of art throughout her short career, but mostly gravitates towards painting.

However, Regan didn’t consider herself an artist until high school, but always had a tendency to create. When Regan was little, she would give self-made coloring books to her family and draw fake magazine ads.

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“6 Planets in Retrograde” Multi Media 9″ x 12″

Any success the artist faced she attributed to practice and hard work.

“I’m proud of how far I’ve come,” Regan said. “I’ve always been somewhat decent in my work, but I’ve improved recently and been more consistent.”

A spring break trip to Hong Kong and Thailand inspired her mixed-media project “Noodles” shown below, as well as her oil painting “Ten Thousand Buddhas” (pictured below).

“Noddles” Mixed media 11″ x 14″

When she’s not looking for inspiration in the world around her, Regan likes to capture her friends with a pen or a brush.

To watch Rachel talk about her work, click here

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“Bubble” Acrylic on canvas 11″ x 14″

Rachel’s Instagram

*Featured Image: “Beehive Lady” Acrylic on cardboard 15″ x 19.5″

More of Rachel’s Work:

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“Tongue” Acrylic on mat board 8″ x 8″
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“Ten Thousand Buddahs” Oil on canvas 16″ x 20″
“Jom” 9″ x 12″
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“Self Portrait” Oil on canvas, 11″ x 14″

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