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landscapes are inspired by the Group of
Seven. I guess [people] can see some of
that.”
But her philosophy has deeper roots
that go back to her childhood.
Originally from East Germany, Seib
came to Canada as a child and grew up
at a time when being German carried
a certain amount of shame. “I was
very reluctant to admit my German
background,” she says of the years
following World War II. “Hitler did
those terrible things to the Jewish people
and to so many people and I was really
embarrassed of my background.”
The horror of the past is what led to
her to paint as she does.
“It’s exactly why I have chosen these
bright and vibrant colours — the
background I came from was horrific.”
“You know we are in deep do-do again
in the world with everything that is going
on, and so I want to give some joy and lift
people’s spirits with something colourful
and joyful, something not to do with
horror stories, but with the good things in
life, with music and dance and that brings
joy. We need that, right? We need that.”
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Regina Seib has been painting
since she was a child, though her
practical nature and her mother’s
terminal illness led to her decision
to become a nurse. Except for
some courses and workshops,
including two sessions at River
Rock Studio in Cochrane, she is
self-taught. She obtained her AFCA
(Associate Federation of Canadian
Artists) designation in March 2009.
Her work is in numerous
collections throughout Canada and
abroad, and she has participated in
a long list of shows.
Galleries representing her
include Webster’s Gallery in
Calgary, the Nanaimo Art Gallery,
and, intermittently, Collector’s
Choice Gallery in Saskatoon.
Her studio and gallery are open
by appointment and she does sell
some work online.
“People are leery to buy online.
I sold a large piece that went to
Tucson but [the buyers] came up
on their boat and they checked me
out to be sure I am real.”
People do request work from
Seib and she will do commissions
— something she says a lot of
artists don’t like doing, but she
likes the challenge. But there is
one stipulation: the client has to be
happy with the end result. “If they
are not 100 per cent happy, I don’t
want them to take the work, even if
they have commissioned it. It is bad
press for me,” she laughs.
Regina SEib then and now
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