The higher native brings nature to life in works of art


How is an artist born? For self-proclaimed nature artist Tempe Regan, it was exploring one stone, mushroom, tadpole, and bird all at once.

“Growing up the first thing I would do when I got home was change my clothes, run outside and disappear into the woods, ponds, stream exploring, learning, observing, collecting and falling. really in love and feeling a sense of belonging there, ”she shared.

“I remember my mom shouting from the house several evenings around 6 or 7 pm” Tempeeeeee, supper is ready on time “, and I was still very far away and barely heard her and I was quickly letting go whatever I was doing and running back home fast I could. I mean I was exploring on my own at a very young age and I give my parents a lot of credit for letting me do this and trusting that I would be fine, and it was so educational for me.

Regan was born and raised in Superior, where her playground was navigating the woods through her own backdoor. From a young age, she was an examiner of the environment around her, extremely curious and attentive to the smallest details.

It was his passion for the outdoors that ultimately led Regan to his other strong point; design. Regan recalls, “My love of nature first came handy. But I have always drawn and it was always very inspired by nature and it became one of my slogans as a professional artist.

While it’s important to develop your artistic abilities, Regan has also had to focus on a career path. After graduating from upper secondary school, she attended the University of Montana and graduated with an Honors BA in Wildlife Biology. Once she left Missoula, Regan took on seasonal jobs as a wildlife technician and wildlife research assistant in Wyoming, Massachusetts, and Montana.

During this time, she began to apply for graduate studies. Regan said: “It is not easy to get jobs or graduate positions in the field and it took a year and around 10 applications and four interviews before being accepted into a master’s program in raptor biology. The only one in the country and maybe even in the world with such an academic background at Boise State University, in Boise Idaho.

After completing her Masters, she went on to work for a non-profit organization as an Avian Research Biologist in Boise, for the Intermountain Bird Observatory. She recalls: “During this time, I started drawing again because I didn’t have time to do it during my graduate studies. Now she resides in Salmon, Idaho, where Regan is a regional wildlife diversity biologist for a state wildlife agency.

“My main career is wildlife conservation and my dream has always been to become a professional artist and educate through art and inspire conservation through art that connects every human being to their natural environment,” said explained Regan.

For Regan, this connection runs deep in her childhood “I watched and recorded when the geese came back, when the morels appeared and where, and when the first cruciferous tree began to sing in the ponds near our house. She added, “I would go out and grab all the salamanders and frogs and count them and bring them back to where I found them… I mean I was a full time frog breeder!” And frogs, salamanders, beavers and geese have taught me so much.

Now, in her curatorial and creative endeavors, Regan said, “I strive to honor them and their needs in my professional work as well as through my art. I want to tell their story. I want people to see that every animal, big and small, matters and we owe it to them to look after them, to protect them, to conserve them and especially in the light of all our activities of extraction of nature.

Regan’s art training was founded in her 4-H projects while growing up and encouraged by her art teacher at school, Ms. Kelly. She recalled: “I enjoyed this class so much because I got lost in drawing, creating and when I came to take the air in front of me on paper, it was this story and this work of amazing art and I always thought “Wow, did I do this?”. Honestly, this is still how art is for me today. I can’t believe I got this gift and I am honored that people love my art, want to buy it and want it at home. How special!

A year ago, Regan started selling his works. Regan said, “Somehow, with the immense help and skill of graphic design and website building skills from my very talented brother, we created a name, a brand, colors, layouts, system and Tempe Regan-Nature Artist was born into the world. large web last March.

With many works of art to choose from on her website, Regan prides herself on her versatility as an artist. “My pencil work is probably the most popular and I love it because of the control I have over a piece using pencils. You can get very precise details and precision. I’m all about the details, ”Regan said. She also does watercolors, gouache, graphite and acrylic.

Under the shopping tab of its website, art connoisseurs can browse categories consisting of animals and landscapes, plants, pollinators, feather studies and bird portraits. Regan’s collections have been formed through countless hours of hard work and diligence.

“The process … I come up with a concept where I am inspired by my work or an observation or an idea that I encounter in nature and that I want to put on paper. I put together reference photos and come up with a one-piece merge and sketch lightly on paper, ”Regan detailed. “Then, say, I use pencils, I go through layers and layers of building color and burnishing, going over it with white to blend all the colors and smooth them out, and repeat. Finally, after many hours, days and destroyed hands, the play will be finished.

Its parts can take an incredibly long time to build and this is a factor in the price. Regan noted, “The colored pencil pieces take the longest time because of how many layers of color it takes and how careful you have to be. You can’t erase pencils, so you have to get it right the first time! “

Some of his more complex feather studies, like the Phantom Raven, lasted almost 20 hours. She said: “It may not seem like much, but with a full time job it means I take an hour or 30 minutes every night and a few hours on weekends to complete a job it can actually stretch. over weeks or months … to finish a song! There is a lot of blood, sweat, passion and love in every room. And of course, nature.

Most serious artists can understand that planning or forcing themselves to create, draw or design just doesn’t work. Making art is often not a question of technique, it is a question of state of mind. Regan agreed, “I’d rather tap into this place of inspiration, rather than sit down and force myself to draw. That’s why sometimes I’m going to go for long periods of time doing nothing because I will essentially have an artist block or an inability to motivate myself to go into this intense space.

But when she gets into that perfect beat, that’s where the magic happens. Regan explained, “My mind doesn’t reflect, my instincts take over and I’m just lost in the observation, the lines, the care, the patterns and the process. When I get some fresh air, or this pattern stops, I’m usually done for the night. It is difficult to enter this space and difficult to leave it. Once I leave the artistic trance, I cannot bring it back.

On Regan’s website, most of his works have a limited edition of 40 prints. The fewer prints produced, the higher the coin’s value. For those who purchase his art, the prints are made on archival paper with archival inks that are lightweight and color resistant. She said, “You pay for what you get, the best print quality money can buy. I started with smaller limited editions because I had no idea if there would be any that would sell. Well, to my delight they sell and people love the feather studies.

His Ghost Raven and Ghost Kestrel feather studies are half out. Regan delighted: “I’m so happy with this! I started to increase the number of edits a bit but they are still very small compared to many artists. This means that my prints will not be as widespread but of greater value. “

Quite often, Regan will accept custom requests and sell those original pieces to order. Originals from his other online gallery pieces are also available for purchase, but they don’t come cheap. She noted: “You cannot dispute the intrinsic quality and value of an original piece. No matter how good the print, when you place them side by side, you can tell. The original is always where the room shines the most. Having footprints does, however, allow Regan to have a larger following, as well as the opportunity to have the support of friends and family.

Regan’s art is currently for sale and on display in an art gallery in Salmon, Idaho at the Purple Easel. On the road, she has big dreams as an artist. She shared, “I would love to be in more galleries than the one I’m currently in, I would love to do great shows, and I wish I could have a bigger platform. I want to sell originals!

She continued, “In 10 years, Tempe Regan Nature Artist will be in high demand selling left and right originals, winning shows, featured in magazines and in exhibitions nationwide. It always starts with a dream and I think we can all do what we watch and dream of if we persevere and surround ourselves with supportive people.

If she’s not shooting, hunting, fishing, hiking, or enjoying the great outdoors, you will likely find Regan in a cozy corner somewhere, lost in an artist’s trance, giving gently. life to nature on the paper in front of it.

“I hope my art tells a story about how we need nature, animals and plants and they need us too. We are connected and we have had the honor of caring for and protecting the earth and all of its inhabitants, ”imposed Regan.

You can find Tempe Regan Nature Artist to and @naturetalkswithtempe on Instagram and Facebook.


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