Regina Lee Parkinson is a former journalist and psychotherapist, as well as public relations executive and teacher. The Orange, Texas native now is pursuing a career as an artist. Parkinson has made a name for herself as a painter with her abstract interpretations of emotions, political topics and coastal life. She was a Friendswood resident for eight years, and now splits her time between Galveston and Freeport.
What’s your favorite accessory? My Mini Cooper. I never knew driving could be fun. Mine is called “Reginald” and he so happens to be the male version of me. He likes to go fast. This could get me into trouble.
A favorite childhood memory? I used to stand on an upturned boat in my parents’ yard singing “What the World Needs Now is Love.” It is still one of my credos. I’ve always strived to be open and accepting, even as a child.
Who is your favorite Hollywood icon? Sidney Poitier has always been a hero of mine, not just because of his talent, but because he’s a fearless leader and dedicated to his family. He made his way in a predominately white Hollywood early on. Watching him in “Lilies of the Field” affected me as a child. He showed a lightness of spirit in the movie that covered a profound stubbornness.
Who would you love to have around your dinner table tonight? Naturally, my precious husband of 22 years, who I lost recently. I’d also invite my grandmother and my father, so the other two people who influenced me most could finally meet him.
If you were a smoothie, what kind would you be? There would be raspberries, the sweet flavor of summer; cranberry juice for an edge; vanilla yogurt for its lightness; honey for the unexpected; and add a dash of Champagne for celebration. All is poured over crushed ice, because that is what we are given from life and circumstances. But we always get to add the flavoring.