My name is Michael Regina (also 2Kute's son in law!) and I love imagination. As a kid I took the daily after school wars against monsters and aliens very seriously! THANK YOU VERY MUCH! Eventually I channeled that energy into creating comics. It was an obsession that came out in 3rd grade, I started making my own books and spent the last however many years pursuing it...
In college I discovered painting and pursued it in the most traditional sense. I studied portraits and landscapes and all of the good things we're supposed to when learning to make art and be a good student. I really enjoyed it! But it seems that lifelong love for imagination... well... it's still an obsession.
I think I get more excited to go to Disney World more than my daughter does. I like going to museums because it reminds me of all of the adventure out there. The Lord of the Rings may as well be true and so help me, show me a starry sky and I spend all of my time pondering the greatness of the universe. I love adventure. I love imagination... because it let's the world be what it's supposed to be before everything got all messed up...
That's where the idea for The Adventure Shop came in. I finally started channeling all of that traditional painting experience into taking people on a great conceptual adventure. My paintings are there to remind us of a world and time we all once loved...And to remember there's still room for it in our lives today. The Adventure Shop is the embodiment of all of my passion and mind. It's just starting, but the journey is underway. And as Bilbo says in Tolkien's great classic: "It's a dangerous business, going out of your door. You step into the Road, and if you don't keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to. "
Thanks for reading. And I hope you enjoy my shop! :-)
Thanks Michael for such a great article!
You can see more of Michael's work here.
Michael has a facebook page and a twitter profile.