This acrylic on canvas painting was rendered on the spot and outdoors in a technique known as en plein air. This work was painted outside in Seattle during a rare sunny March afternoon. To add texture and dimension, Regan used palette knives and thick layers of paint. Thematically, this painting is an abstract depiction of Phineas Gage. Gage was a 19th-century American railroad worker who survived a metal rod driven through his skull and brain, which provided insights for the fields of neurology and psychology. This explains the spike-like form and red thumbprints Regan includes within the composition.
Kevin E. Regan (b. 1978) is an acrylic painter and intellectual property attorney who lives and works in Seattle, Washington. His varied educational and professional experiences with environmental science, environmental law, and intellectual property law have informed his artistic practice.
Kevin’s art has been shown in the National Mall in Washington D.C. as a part of the Parachutes for the Planet Project. It is also in private collections in Seattle, Vancouver, B.C., and Napa, California.