New & Notable: Elijah Reagan Views Art as the Visualization of Sounds & Dreams

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A transplant from Nebraska to the Pacific Northwest (United States), Elijah Reagan is heavily inspired by the strange and unreal.

His drawing seeks “the dank moldering detritus forgotten by the many, recognized by the few.”

Read on to learn more about Elijah and his art portfolio.

Elijah, What Started You on Your Creative Path?

I have always loved Art.

It was my favorite class because it allows you to express the things that are too profound for words alone.  

Art is the visualization of sounds and dreams (or nightmares), thoughts, and fears. I got that impression after visiting art museums in Denver and New Hampshire.  

I started drawing when I was young, but let it slide away in the wake of life and all of its demands. I began drawing again while waiting in line or at some appointment, realizing it’s a great and fulfilling way to spend spare time.  

I enjoyed creating something straight from MY mind, and kinda bringing Life to a blank page, creating something where there was nothing.

How Did You Develop Your Style?

I have always liked scary “dark ” subject matter, books, movies, etc.  

I have been heavily inspired by the strange and unreal.  

I began drawing with an ink pen, as I like the smooth feeling of a pen traversing the page, as opposed to the rough feeling of a pencil. Although with pen, a mistake has to become a part of the picture somehow, as there’s no erasing.  

Beneath the Surface

However, I felt that some things need color, and just started painting, and realized painting is much “louder”.

What Mediums Do You Prefer?

I like to draw with an ink pen ( preferably a clear Bic).

I like to paint with acrylics on canvas.

Behind YOU!!!

Where Can Your Works Be Found?

Actually this is my first attempt to exhibit my art.

What Else Are You Up To?

Aside from starting a new job, I like to read horror books, watch independent movies, walk as far in the country as I can, and hang out with my wife and 3 daughters, who are also creators of some pretty cool art.

What Are Your Goals within the ETChster Community?

I want to see how my art is received, ya know, if people think it’s good.  Also just want to have a place where I can explore art of every kind all over the world, and show my creations.

Are You Open to Collaborating with Other ETChster Community Members?

Yes, that would be awesome!!

What Is Your Favorite Etching that You’re Currently Showing?

He Waits in the Gloaming - Artist Elijah Reagan
He Waits in the Gloaming – ETC13455

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