Regina Jacobson was born in 1951 in Los Angeles and resides in Laguna Beach, California. As a representational figurative artist, Jacobson’s oil paintings reflect a circuitous 30-year path to fine art through the fashion industry as a designer and manufacturer of women and children’s clothing. Always the perpetual student, after her awesome husband and family, Jacobson’s imagination is ignited by learning, reading, and study. This joy is exhibited throughout her narrative works which reference and draw inspiration from fairy tales, classical literature, epic novels, scripture, and her own history in fashion.
Her current body of work A Beautiful Lie examines the vulnerability of humanity in the grip of life’s shadows. Based on the concept that the human spirit longs for love and acceptance, Regina’s work unveils the delicate self-worth of her subjects, undermined by a society where idealized standards seem hallowed and venerated. An isolated female figure is depicted in quasi-religious rituals. Both biblical and occult references are made in order to enhance the idea of worship and broach the topic of choice with regards to this paradox of free will and servitude. Vintage fashion industry props and flesh-toned foundational garments set the time and help stage the raw environment of these paintings, which promote a voyeuristic observation of human nature’s vulnerability when engaged in the universal struggle for acceptance.
Jacobson earned a BFA in drawing and painting in 2003 and an MFA in painting in 2013 from Laguna College of Art and Design.