Reg Stark was born in Beaumont, Texas and moved to Houston at an early age. He received his first award for his art in the third grade and went on to win awards throughout his junior and high school years and continued to do so in local exhibits such as the Art League of Houston, the Jewish community Center and twice has been a finalist in the Hunting Prize Art Show. Mr. Stark attended the Texas Academy of Art before earning his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Houston. He has exhibited in Chicago and Houston. His moody seascapes and nostalgic, whimsical paintings continue to be popular with his collectors. Having recently retired from a career in construction management, all of his time is now devoted to his love of painting. He teaches art in several locations to capacity classes and lives in Sugar Land.
There is not a time that I can remember that I was not drawing or painting. As a child, I spent many hours with my aunt at her easel in her kitchen. It was because of her mentoring and encouragement that inspired me to become an artist. I have been fortunate throughout my life to have had teachers, professors, friends, loved ones, my son and late wife, all who have nudged me along at every turn.
I continue to experiment with a wide variety of subject matter, but it seems that seascapes are the most popular with collectors and the public. I do not paint from photographs or actual scenes but rely on what I have observed somehow in my lifetime. Many times, I will include a twist or touch of whimsy, hopefully, to engage the observer. The artists that I most admire include Andrew Wyeth, Jackson Pollack, Rene Magritte and John Alexander. One of my techniques is the use of glazes, sometimes up to eight to ten in a single painting. It is an old masters' technique that, for me, creates magical results.