Jacques Regat’s career began in France where he taught himself to paint and carve in clay, wood and stone. At the same time, working with metal while learning the trade of machinist, tool and die maker which eventually led him to graduate from the College d' Enseignement Technique DeVitry, France. He also apprenticed himself to an Italian carver and a Chinese decorator. In Alaska while sharing his talent at the Native Welcome Center he developed a strong kinship and respect for the cultural myths and history of its people. This became an inspirational theme reflected in many of the Regat’s works. He graduated cum laude from the University of Alaska in Anchorage, with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts and an Anthropology minor.
Mary Regat, primarily a self-taught artist, began sculpting while living in a remote logging camp on Prince of Wales Island in Southeast Alaska. Her first effort was a 28-foot dug out canoe. Traveling north she took up residence in Anchorage, Alaska and began sculpting in stone. Her style is expressive and impressionistic, capturing the emotions and moods of her subjects. Twenty years ago, making Anchorage their home, Jacques and Mary met and married, and they began combining their talents to create pieces which extended beyond what either one could do alone. "Sculpting together is like having a whole set of new tools to work with," said Mary. Together they studied art at the University of Alaska, Mayan Toltec art in Central and South America and European art in France.
The Regats are currently working in bronze, silver, wood and paint. Jacques and Mary have enjoyed sculpting in large scale and have several monuments to their credit: "St. Anthony", 7' X 14' wood bas-relief, St. Anthony Catholic Church Anchorage, Alaska. "Where the Matanuska River Flows", 6' bronze honoring John Buggee the first homesteader in the Palmer Valley located in the Pioneer Square, Palmer, Alaska. "The Eisenhower Alaska Statehood Memorial”, Anchorage, Alaska. The Regat’s have participated many times in the 1% for art in public places.
They are currently displaying in more than twenty galleries on a continuous basis throughout the United States and Canada. Many of their sculptures are included in public and private collections throughout the world. Jacques and Mary feel their greatest recognition has come from the general public, which has supported their endeavors throughout the years.