The Heroine’s Journey of Reina Cottier

What is the best thing that I love about my work? The freedom if gives me to express myself authentically, without having to answer to anyone but myself, on a daily basis.

What is my idea of perfect happiness? Being fully aligned with my inner calling, my life path, living at the beach, and having a balance of family, friends, & creativity in my life.

What is my greatest fear? Not being able to express creatively

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? The inability to stop, shut off, be still…completely.

What is my greatest extravagance? Art supplies and anything to do with my art

On what occasion would I lie? To save a life

What is the influence of role models, in my work and in my life? Many influences from my parents, other artists, my family, friends… too many to name, have all affected my life and shaped a part of who I am.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? My impatience to get the result I feel,/visualise, but not happening fast enough lol!

When and where was I the happiest, in my work? When I make connections with people who get joy from my art, when it uplifts & inspires them. And when I am growing & evolving with my own artistic journey.

If I could, what would I change about myself? Patience, slow down, pause, breathe.

What is my greatest achievement in work? I have inspired several people to start painting, or take up painting again, also students at a school I worked with (a huge mural for the school wall), a couple of them were very inspired to take art to the next level.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city? I live in a little seaside town in New Zealand, it has majestic mountains with native bush one side, and beautiful surf beaches on the other.. my perfect place for inspo.

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? A wonderful little café/bar called Manaia Kitchen & Bar, great ambiance, good people/staff, fabulous food & wine, music, we go there a lot.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? Without a doubt, my husband Jerry, supports me 1000%, encourages me everyday no matter what.

Whom would I like to work with in the future? My husband, he is very creative with clay sculpturing, I would like to collaborate.

What project, in the nearby future, am I looking forward to work on? A four story internal stairwell in the city, with a glass façade so it will have street exposure.

How can you contact me?

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