Reina Cottier ~ Creative Intuitive

June 9th 2013

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 studied art right through school winning many awards. After a career in hairdressing, and owning a salon for 9 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, 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 just recently I not only 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, 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 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.🙂

Thank you.
Reina Cottier.

Ps- all my art is  ©Copyright Reina Cottier Art. All rights reserved-  please, if you want to share it, do so with my name credited alongside it.
 Many thanks for your respect.
 ~ Reina ~


10 thoughts on “About

  1. HI Reina! Happy 2012 to you. Just www browsing on this special morning and stumbled across your beautiful work! And I love the way you describe your process, which is exactly how I feel – I’ve just started experimenting with paint and other medium on canvas and am now even more inspired! I’m off now to look at your website and hopefully be able to order a calendar or 6 (for friends!!) 🙂
    Mari x

    1. hi there Mari! and thank you so much, a very HAppy New year to you too.🙂 So glad i could inspire you in some way, fab! Hey, tell me if my calendar is not what you are wanting, I can custom make a calendar of any 12 pieces/images of my art for you, takes me just a few mins and you just order online at Zazzle. I have done this for quite a few people, either with the word art, or the paintings, or both!🙂
      lovely to connect, keep me posted with your art!!🙂 x

    1. Hey Kelly, thankyou for this!!!!!! (Im so busy right now, dont know which way is what…so I will get around to doing all these things once the bulk of my commissions are complete, and the school holidays are out of the way! lol!) MANY thanks indeed. Very much appreciated.🙂 xx

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