Reina Cottier ~ Creative Intuitive
Hi there 🙂 and welcome to my Website / Blog
I am a professional artist based in Tairua. New Zealand.
Born and raised in Aotearoa. Living in Tairua (Coromandel Peninsula). I had a multi cultural upbringing, surrounded by art, craft, theatre & music.
I studied art right through school winning many awards. After a career in hairdressing, and owning a salon for 9 years, & a Salon Consulting company (business & staff mentor/coach for 4 years), I sold everything up and after my kids were both at school I took up painting and found an avenue for expression that was previously undiscovered inside of me.
Right from the start I was drawn to painting themes strongly associated with different cultures, particularly Maori & Pacifica, (I had very strong varied cultural influences growing up), along with sun, surf, nature. I found the koru was a prominent feature that emerged in almost all my paintings. It became my feature symbol in most of my artworks, along with strong ‘ocean’ themes, which evolved into oceanic creatures, especially since moving to the beach.
Inspiration is all around me, I literally breathe it in on a daily basis. I am constantly inspired by the majestic mountains to the west and the wild surf beach to the east. “My art has developed and evolved immensely, with a somewhat ‘other worldly’ feel to it…at first it was totally experimental both in expression and technically, now it is certainly still very experimental, (I love being in the moment, no planning and just seeing what evolves on the canvas), but I have developed a certain style that seems to appear, whether consciously or not.
My work has been featured in 4 books, and had a 4 page spread in NZ Artist Magazine, with my piece “Guardian” (the flying owl) was on the front cover.
My paintings are in private collections worldwide.
My work varies, sometimes mixed media, ink, sometimes acrylic, I like to experiment with no rules or limits. Im not interested in what is ‘accepted’ in the art world. Im interested in walking my own path, all whilst staying open and vulnerable, knowing that this is an every changing, growing evolving experience every single day. My art is constantly evolving along with myself, I am forever stretching myself, taking risks, trying new themes and techniques. I paint or mentor/ tutor workshops (both creative & ‘Making Your Art Your Business’) at least 5 days a week and love each and every minute of it.
All my social media links are In the menu at the top, or below the posts in the footer of my site. I spend most of my time on my FB art page, where I can interact with people/you more easily, I love meeting new people and building on those relationships. I am not an ‘insular’ artist, connection with people is just as inspiring and important to me as creating. 🙂