Regan Hatfield of Star Dog Gallery in Davenport, IA has been an artist his whole life. Starting as a singer-songwriter at a very early age, Hatfield let the arts carry him to adulthood where he soon discovered his passion for painting.
As an artist, Hatfield says, "I'm influenced by the world around me and beyond. I focus on being receptive to everything - photos, dreams, architecture, music, people, emotions and colors, which I then translate into my own language through paint. I work in acrylics, oils, gunpowder and spray paint - and fire even comes into play at times. I've been an artist since 1997 and a singer-songwriter since forever."
Hatfield held his first solo art show in 1997 and the rest, they say, is history. He has since hosted numerous solo shows, participated in group shows, been commissioned for large community murals and has art in different galleries around the country.
View some of Hatfield's work today.
Lori Copeland is an artist in many mediums. As someone who simply loves working with her hands, Copeland's work includes acrylic abstract paintings and, most recently, upcycled jewelry.
Copeland knew she wanted to be an artist at a young age, pursuing art throughout school and earning a bachelor's degree in fine arts from Arizona State University in 2009. She has been with Star Dog Gallery since 2010 and has participated in many shows, exhibitions and festivals around the Quad Cities.
Copeland says, "Starting with erratic yet controlled strokes, I begin my abstract paintings without any intention of their completed composition. Color choices and the initial brushstrokes continue to form a more cohesive arrangement as I respond intuitively to the hues and patterns. I work quickly to avoid conscious judgment, instead of relying upon my inner emotions and subconscious mind to direct my work. Although the final pieces are an expression of my inner self, the themes of light versus darkness and of chaos versus harmony touch upon common points of the experience intended to inspire an emotional response in viewers."
You can find her work proudly displayed in homes and businesses throughout our community and many galleries across the state.