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November 2016

F

REAGAN FLOYD

Windows provide an artist a look into her future

by

LISA W

.

MANUS

From the time Reagan Floyd could hold

a crayon, she has always felt the need to

create; to pull out and showcase beauty in

whatever she saw around her.

“Reagan has always created things,”

said her mother, Rebecca Milford-Floyd.

“From a very young age, she’d busy herself

with any materials around and cut, draw,

tear and fold whatever she could get her

hands on. It was always as if she saw some-

thing in the materials she just had to help

it become.”

Milford-Floyd describes her daughter

as quiet, thoughtful, sensitive and funny

when she was a child, but added Floyd’s

hands and mind were “always in motion.”

Floyd credits her parents and teachers

for developing her natural love of art.

“My parents worked to cultivate my

skills by giving me supplies. And my mom

always made sure that my sisters and I had

space to explore creativity in,” said Floyd.

Milford-Floyd agreed, although she

admitted it wasn’t always easy to keep her

daughter in supplies.

“It was sometimes a challenge to not

run out of materials for her,” she said. “She

would literally use them all up. I began sav-

ing things for her that most people would

trash without thinking, setting aside the

inner cards of panty hose packs, magazines

for mosaics, broken crayons, odd scraps

of yarn, the extra buttons that come with

new clothes and even the tiny little Ziploc

pouches that held them. She never ceased

to amaze us with what she would do with

the oddest of things.”

“Going through school, I loved the posi-

tive reinforcement that my art teachers,

Floyd’s work includes

many different media,

including drawing and

painting. Above, she

shows off one of her

paintings.