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.
A fusion of her background in fine art, fashion and religion, her body of work – titled “A Beautiful Lie” – integrates three series of realistic figurative oil paintings: “The Cult of Beauty,” “Woods and Groves,” and “Curiouser.” Though dissimilar in their environment and temperament, they unite in a popular narrative regarding choices. Based on the concept that the human spirit longs for love and acceptance, these paintings examine how a delicate self-worth can be undermined in a society where human worth is measured on the basis of idealized standards rather than individuality. Hallowed and venerated, Celebrity has replaced the actual Divine. Interpreted through an un-tinted lens of human weakness, A Beautiful Lie probes into the everyday push-pull process of making decisions which have lasting consequences. The possibility that “choice” may be our one true possession encourages this examination of the effects discontentment, idealization, vulnerability and misplaced hope can have on our resolve. The isolated female in my paintings are Seekers, but seem wounded, lost in life’s pilgrimage or misled; a voyeuristic view captures one person’s regret over her previous decision, while another seems empowered by self-indulgence.
Jacobson earned a BFA in drawing and painting in 2003 and an MFA in painting in 2013 from Laguna College of Art and Design.