Full Moon at St. Marks Lighthouse
Oil on canvas board, 2009
H: 27 ½” W: 33 ½”
Acquired from the artist in 2009
Originally from Palm Beach County, Florida, Willie Reagan moved with his family to Gifford as a child. He enjoyed all forms of art and decided to pursue a degree in art education at Florida A&M University, where he was a running back for the Rattlers until his graduation in 1963. Reagan taught school for one year in Savannah, Georgia, before being drafted into the Army. After his military service ended, Reagan returned to Gifford, where he began painting with his old friends, George and Ellis Buckner and Alfonso Moran. Reagan eventually gave up painting and taught school for twenty-eight years. After Gary Monroe published his book, The Highwaymen: Florida's African-American Landscape Painters, Reagan was inspired to paint again and remains active as an artist.