Dana O’Regan
Updated July 30, 2014

I have been living and painting in Fredericton for over ten years. I was born in Ottawa but spent most of my early years in Carleton County outside the village of Debec. I moved to Fredericton when I was eleven and, for the most part, have lived there ever since.

For the past ten years, I have worked as an oiler on the Grand Manan 5 – a passenger ferry that runs from Blacks Harbour to the Island of Grand Manan in Charlotte County, New Brunswick.

Because my father worked construction, I have had the opportunity to see a lot of Canada and have lived in B.C., Alberta, Ontario, and Quebec but I consider New Brunswick to be my home.

Like my family, I have always worked in construction. The energy coming from this environment, whether it is the rough waters of the Bay of Fundy, the raw manufactured landscapes that shape our surroundings or the din of activity of machinery in the engine room has influenced how I approach art.

I am often concerned with Humanity’s persistent attempts to try to shape Nature and Nature’s inevitable ability to fight back. I have exhibited throughout New Brunswick and received the Emerging Artist Creation Grant from ArtsNB in 2002.

Some of their exhibitions