Third & Final Install- Seabed to Stars

Last week we made the trip to Auckland with the final 3 paintings to install.
Here’s a short look at the final painting, on level 3 of the stairwell.
I’ll have a longer, beginning to end vid coming soon.


Install: Painting 1- New Zealand Native Art- ‘Seabed’.

The first painting, of three, (2.4m x 1m) has now been installed on level one of the internal stairwell of the office block.

For those of you tha dont know, I got a contract to paint 6 panels, each 2.4m x 1m for the internal stairwell of a major city office block, the external wall being glass so will be able to be seen from the road.  It is all based around native New Zealand (where I live) so the lower level is seabed, the middle is native forest/bush and the upper will be NZ skies. First panel now complete. The next one is a diptych. and the final is a triptych.

Couldn’t be happier .



Painting Paua / Abalone 

Cropped piece of large wall mural of NZ Seabed.

This was a real challenge. The perfectionist in me needed this to be exactly right, the feel of it, the colours everything had to be exactly as I sensed it should be and I was settling for nothing less. I painted over it three times completely wiping it out and starting again , before I manage to finally get on a roll that felt on the right track.

Relief! That is the feeling when everything else Floyd so easily with this painting and this is completely stopped me in my tracks. The end result I am thrilled with and it sits perfectly and balance with the rest of the painting. 

©Reina Cottier Art

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Whale / Tohora Commission 

This is a commission for a friend. Ive painted loads of whales, but decided to change the angle of this, I wanted it to more dramatic. I akso, for the first tine am using acrlic markers for some of the detailing , certainly alot faster than brush & ink.
Really happy how it’s progressing so far 🙂

Acrylics, Inks, Acrylic markers.
©Reina Cottier Art img_1840

Kiwiana, Silver Fern & Tui Bird

New Zealand has many native flora and fauna.
We are blessed with some of the most stunning native bush in the world.
We live between native bush and the sea, so I get to go bush walking when ever I want to.
I could load up 100 pics 🙂 of my walks if i wanted to, but i wont , (collective sigh of relief lol)…
here are 3 to show you where i get my inspiration from………

Mamaku 2

Mamaku 1

Mamaku 3

….to then paint things like this:
Silver Fern 1000 with sig

©Reina Cottier Art.  (Sold)

and, right outside my bedroom window in spring, are gorgous wee chaps like this Tui bird,
(another native of New Zealand),
talking away, clicking and singing with what sounds alot like a bell bird at times.
The stunning ‘metallic’ colours on this bird are mesmerising to me, these pics dont really show the deep gun metal grey, emerald greens and deep turquoises…the subtle nuances of them are what fascinate me, not a blaring vibrant “look at me” type thing, but more, an elegance, (esp with that ‘cloak’ of feathers around its nape), and a slight arrogance in a way. They are quite naturally tame, you can get within a metre or so when they are feeding and they dont mind at all.

Tui Collage

so here are 2 of my Tui paintings:

Tui 1 1000 with sig

©Reina Cottier Art (sold)

Tui 2 1000 with sig

©Reina Cottier Art (sold)

hope you enjoyed a taste of Kiwiana in this post.

As always, im rampantly active on FB if you want to chat there 🙂
(my FB link to the right of this post)

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Painted Mannequin Torso

Finally was able to finish one of many mannequin torsos!
very happy with the outcome and sold to a regular buyer in Australia.
Much more difficult to paint fine smooth lines on this surface,
so this took alot longer than I normally would to paint something similar on canvas.
I have more to paint, and Im looking forward to experimenting with feathers and other things!

©Reina Cottier Art

torso 1

torso 2

torso 3

as always, for any queries, or commission questions, pls contact me at:

Whales & Dolphins

I succumbed, and finally painted a dolphin. 🙂 ‘Reina Style’ of course 🙂

Here is the result, the hardest part was getting the shape of the dolphin right, I had about 4 goes at it

until I was satisfied it looked right (in perspective).  The rest was easy, so much fun, like coloring in when you were a kid!

dolphin©Reina Cottier Art 2014

SImilar thing with the whales below, getting the shape right was the most important thing and what I

focussed on. After that, it just flowed……

whale 2 (1)©Reina Cottier Art 2013


Whale500 x 200  final-sig©Reina Cottier art 2014

 I have a 3rd whale on the go, a commission, and perhaps there is another dolphin inside me somewhere…?

as usual, you can contact me at: reinacottier@gmail,com if there are any queries. 🙂

Tis all for now… bye. x

the ‘Legend’ continues….

I have decided to call this series ‘Legend’.

The viewer can make of that what they will, I dont like naming my art, I dont want MY influence to affect what the viewer sees/feels… but for the sake of marketing (lol!) I need to name a series when I am creating them.
So I am now on #5! Yep speedy gonzalas is at it again!

#1 (SOLD)

Feb 14© Reina Cottier Art

here is #2 (SOLD)

 Legend  #2© Reina Cottier Art 2014

#3 (SOLD)
 Legend #3© Reina Cottier Art 2013

#4 (SOLD)


© Reina Cottier Art 2014

#5 (in progress)

Legend #5cropped close up…..

Legend #5© Reina Cottier Art 2014

Quite a  few people have asked me lately “Where can I buy your art?”
All of my sales are usually finalised on my FB art page Reina Cottier Art. >>>>>>

see right at the top of that side column there. >>>>   and/or below left  for link.

this is where I post all my progress shots from the beginning, you can chat to me about my paintings, and ask any questions, Im  always there, interacting with everyone, love it. 🙂

February 2014

Feb 14          ©Reina Cottier Art 2014

hey all, been a while huh… Ive had 9 weeks off painting because we moved house & towns,

we now live by the beach, a beautiful coastal town with the back drop of mountains covered in native bush… so so so happy here……

and then it was summer school holidays for 6 weeks here in New Zealand 🙂 Absolutely no painting gets done with kids around, 🙂

So, the above painting is  (finished and sold) one of the first I have done this last week.

Decided to kick of the year with a blast of colour and i have to say I love it.

Feb 18

©Reina Cottier Art 2014

this one is also finished, (and sold),


The 3 below are all in progress 🙂 so I have been busy, and as usual have about 7 paintings on the go at once

which is the only way I can work.

Feb 15

Feb 17

Feb 19

I have no plans in store for my art this year, other than to keep producing paintings that

make me feel good. Being by the sea is so much better for my soul/creativity.

Butterfly Series

A few months ago I spontaneously painted an abstract-ish butterfly, it was so popular, sold within 5 mins of  posting it, and everyone said ‘you HAVE to paint more butterflies!’……
I didnt feel like it at the time, but a few weeks ago, I suddenly had an urge, and in my usual style, have painted about 10 in 3 short weeks. LOL!
Here are a few of the ones I have done so far, more to come, they have all, but one, sold…..

Nov 9 iphone final sig May 27 Sig

OCt 29 iPhone final Oct 18iphone final Oct 7 -2 iphone final Oct 7 (4) iphone final nov 3

ALL images & artwork is ©Reina Cottier Art 2013

More to come…… 🙂

Against the Grain series cont’d

The rest of the series I produced here, (the first few are in the previous post),

acrylic on canvas, with a rustic ‘wood’ look background with my  designs of korus, swirls and intense vibrant colour.

    All images are © Reina Cottier Art 2013

Sept 18 iPhone final

Sept 14 iphone final

Sept30 iphone final

Oct iphone final

Oct 2 iphone final

Oct 1 iphone final

All images © Reina Cottier Art 2013

A Gallery of July/August works

I have so many pics to share, that this post is going to be mainly pics of my art that I have produced through end of July and August.



Aug 12 (2)FOR SALE

Aug 20 (1)FOR SALE

Aug 20 (2)FOR SALE


ALL WORKS © Reina Cottier 2013

I bought some TOTALLY COOL acrylic markers and you can see I have been having some fun with them.

Instead of outlining shapes in a large painting taking me about half and hour, it now takes me about 15- 20 mins max!

Been using my stencils again too, loving it!


June 11th 2013


This is the busiest time of the year for me, a number of important birthdays, and family celebrations and lots of other activities that need my attention,

hence, not an overly active painting time, but still… I have managed to start some really cool cnavas’s that are making me smile.

here’s 2 I started, the red & purple on the left and the turquoise, orb & koru on the top right- both with LOADS of texture…

The bottom right is a revamp, a re visit of an older one that never ever quite sat ‘right’ with me. So I am totally changing it, and its feeling much better, even though I still have a long way to go.

all in progress……..


thses 2 are finished and sold:
photo023480392(c) Reina Cottier Art 2013

May23Iphone final(c) Reina Cottier Art 2013

this one is part of the ongoing ‘Shades of White’ series, I decided to depart from the ‘marbly’ type backgrounds and go for something smoother….

photo298392(c) Reina Cottier Art

Shades of White

well this series happened quite by ‘accident’ ….

I painted the background of #1 and then doodled a very fast design straight onto the canvas and painted the outline of it white, as I always do as a prep for the rest to come… the COLOUR, the signature ‘Reina colour’ 🙂 ……

I posted an ‘In Progress’ pic on my FB page and got an overwhelming response of: “its FAB as it is!!” … so, a new series was born…

this is the finished result of the first one:

#1 (18″ x 36″-for sale)
Shades of White #1(c) Reina Cottier Art 2013

#2 (20″ x 24″ Sold)

Shades of White #2(c) Reina Cottier Art 2013

and this one i started yesterday, still in progress: (SOLD)

Shades of White #3 in progress(C) Reina Cottier Art 2013

I feel like I have another few of these left inside me yet 🙂


oh and in other news, my art is one of 52 artists featured in the wonderful e-book:

52 Prescriptions for Happiness- by Joe Dunn & Mali Apple.

Link here:

this is the pic they used:
FINAL GAIA SPEAKS“Gaia Speaks”-by Reina Cottier
(c) Reina Cottier Art 2013

Cascading Dreams

hi all 🙂

Here is a new series I literally exploded with this last couple of weeks….

it all started with this love affair i have with orbs and/or bubbles and/or planets.

Of course, what evolved was way more than that, my signature ‘swirl’ or koru, made its obligatory appearance and my use of colour was completely in the moment… as is everything i do….

the background of the painting involves lots of water spraying and layering, then I add the design on the top, with colour and shading.

Cascading Dreams 1

(c) Reina Cottier Art 2013

(c) Reina Cottier Art 2013

(c) Reina Cottier Art

(c) Reina Cottier 2013

Sooo enjoying this series… and its not over yet, I feel like I have another few at least inside of me 🙂


Tribal Turquoise

Tribal Portal (c) Reina Cottier 2013

(c) Reina Cottier Art 2013

Finished! so happy with how this turned out, and sold it the same day. 🙂
Doesnt get much better than that.


levaing you with a  collage I have done of things that inspire my creativity,
I often get asked what inspires me with regards to my art :)How to answer that with words, when it really is visual and sensory to me. Its not only colour, shape and textures, but also experiences, emotions & thoughts…..So here is a collage of about .001% of things that inspire me, that stimulate my senses, so I then use my language of shape and colour to express that inner experience. ♥

Inspiration Collage Reina Cottier Art