Born to Lemko parents looking to get out of Communist Poland, Pregon spent two years of her childhood crossing national, cultural, and linguistic borders as her family negotiated its way from Breslau to Stamford via Berlin. The experience turned her awareness outward and inward.
Arriving in Connecticut at the age of 12, Pregon quickly learned English and began settling down in her new home. She attended Pine Manor College in Massachusetts before her curiosity for the West and a growing desire to do creative work brought her to Arizona. While concluding her studies in graphic design, Pregon realized that painting was her true passion and calling. She has been expressing her creativity and unique vision through art ever since.
Pregon’s paintings play at the intersections of the natural, the physical and the dream-state. Female faces and bodies gracefully intertwined with organic shapes like plants, seashells and the moon inhabit much of her work. Although Pregon’s canvases are self-interpretive, they express universal concepts such as cycles of change, fertility and growth. Her sensual, curvilinear art invites the viewer to cross the border from the troubled external world to the quieter, hypnotic interiors of the self.
Since picking up a paintbrush in 1999, Pregon has shown with galleries throughout the country and sold her art to collectors throughout the globe. From 2006 till 2009 she had the pleasure of running her own gallery in the charming mountainside town of Jerome, Arizona. She has also volunteered her time by curetting shows and working with art focused nonprofits. Always eager to share her love for creative expression, Pregon has been a guest artist, teaching underprivileged school age children.