Regan Piccone's art matches her personality - colourful, bright and happy.
The Cairns artist has been painting for almost 30 years – and is closing the doors on a five-year career in real estate to pursue her passion full time. “I’m ready to follow my passion,” Regan said. “It’s exciting – I’m so pumped. “I love spending time in my art studio at home. When I’m painting it’s all I think about – it’s meditative and calming.”
Regan absolutely loves colour, livening up walls in people’s homes and making them feel happy. She takes inspiration from artists such as Ken Done and Port-Douglas based artist Tania Heben. Her artwork even adorns the walls of celebrities’ homes, including Jamie Oliver, who she met in London at a book signing and Eva Mendes, who bought one of her pieces at a gallery in Port Douglas.
It’s been 27 years since Regan sold her first painting. In that time, she has sold around 4500 paintings throughout Australia and overseas, and donated more than 100 to charity. She is donating a piece to the upcoming Emergency Services Ball. Regan portrays a variety of subject matter, including nudes, landscapes, seascapes and flowers, in a range of mediums, including acrylic, oil, charcoal, gold and silver leaves. Her full-time focus on art will allow her to get her clothing line back up and running, focusing mainly on kaftans, as well as scarves, jewellery and other accessories.
Regan is also looking forward to spending more time with hubby John Piccone, who she married in October last year. Regan and John became a couple in 2017 after meeting through a mutual friend and they bought their first house together in January last year. She describes their relationship as random and spontaneous, and John as romantic. “Listening and communication are definitely the key,” she said. “I have my own career and my own identity. John is very supportive and he has a creative side, so he gives me advice.
“His parents, Lou and Elaine Piccone, were founding members of the Cairns Art Gallery and they had an extensive art collection.”
John is currently a director of the family’s Piccones IGA supermarkets, shopping centres and the Hambledon Hotel. Regan is also enjoying her position as a Cairns Amateurs Racing Carnival Ambassador, a role that involves promoting the Amateurs, supporting local businesses and attending a wide variety of functions and events. “To say I am excited is an understatement,” she said. “This year is set to be a massive year with all the festivities, horseracing and cutting-edge fashions – I am thrilled and looking forward to the Cairns Amateurs.”
Regan will have an exhibition coming up in the near future. Watch this space for details. Her artworks, clothing and jewellery are sold under her maiden name O’Neill. Regan’s artwork is on display at Vivaldis Restaurant and her earrings are now on sale at the Edge Hill Newsagency, The Nest, Honey Tan & Wax and Divine Beauty. For further information or to view her art, visit www.reganoneill.com.
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