Regine Bechtler began her career as a professional artist in the mid 1990s. She takes risks in her work, experimenting with the fundamentals of the ranges of emotions through a variety of mediums, including ceramics, paintings, and textiles. German born and bi-lingual, she was influenced at a young age by her artist grandfather who taught her how to view the world through creative lenses, shaping her unique style and vision. Her travels to Scandinavia, Italy, Spain, France, and South America were also highly influential; along with formal education at Oregon College of Arts and Crafts, Penland School of Crafts, and private workshops with important painters and sculptors.
Regine explains her latest series as: "The term 'phantasmagorical' is defined as something having a fantastic or deceptive appearance, like something in a dream or created by the imagination. These new works reflect on being aware of oneself and simultaneously the universal flaws of human nature. Existence can be quite dynamic, constantly shifting and changing, sometimes with a particular purpose and other times utterly inexplicably. We must either choose to see the beauty in transformation or see it as a dark cautionary tale on how nothing is what it seems at first glance."