“With my paintbrush and the boldest colors, I pull ideas together in the best way that makes my heart sing. Always bright, always colorful, always pure of heart,” artist Regina Lord stated.

Her artwork – full of life and depicting a free and loving sense of the world – will be showcased during the La Encantada Fine Art Festival, Saturday, Feb. 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 16 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festival will bring brings more than 30 artists together to exhibit their finest crafts along the outdoor courtyards and gardens of La Encantada shopping center, 2905 E. Skyline Dr.

After working as a pediatric nurse for more than a decade, Lord developed her company Creative Kismet Art as a way to share her talents with others and work as a full time artist. Her unique ideas have earned her a spotlight on shows like HGTV and Martha Stewart as well as well-read crafts books.

“I incorporate nature, birds, art and people and make sure they are bright, colorful and happy,” Lord said about the main subjects in her artwork.

She began arts and crafts as a child, inspired by her seamstress mother and grandfather who always encouraged her to draw. Now, with two sons, she finds her children’s stories and her own dreams as a source for creation.

“I believe, that through art and creative process, your outlook can change and become more positive…more open. You start at first looking for beauty and inspiration then, eventually, you begin to see it everywhere without even trying,” Lord explained on her website.

“When I sit quietly, I can recall these beautiful fragments caught like photos in my mind. My style is the unraveling of a woven mixture of my Hispanic heritage, my deep rooted love for folk art and my enchantment with magical whimsicality.”

Her creative and lively mixed media and acrylic will brighten the La Encantada Fine Arts Festival, joined by a variety of artwork in watercolor, jewelry, metalwork and more. The free event has provided an artistic surprise for mall attendees for the past five years, with a growing popularity among artists.

“I think people sometimes forget to look for the beauty in everyday life,” she said. “Having colorful artwork in your home is constant reminder.”

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