Painter and Graphic Designer, Kristine Reiner, presents powerful and contemporary artworks featuring roses.
The real roses add texture and dimension to the image, bringing the painting to life.
She also specialises in offering classes to help others feel inspired and to create. Explore her website at www.kristinereiner.com and her Instagram @kristinesartwork
Hi, Kristine! Tell us a few words about yourself. When did you begin doing art and how did you get started? When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Kristine: I’m from a small town in South Dakota, where art is not appreciated to say the least. I was never a good athlete, so I worked a lot of the time. My mom was a single parent so we didn’t have a lot of money or resources, my father was in prison for drugs most of my life. Many people in my life would gift me art supplies, I had always been creative. In kindergarten I said I was going to grow up to be an artist, and I guess I did! It was hard growing up without any creative outlets, my art really started to blossom in college at USF. I studied graphic design and multimedia production. I took several fine art courses that really helped break me out of my shell.
I am very intrigued by your “Painting with roses”. Where did you get inspired you to use roses?
Kristine: I was in college, and a man sent me $400 worth of unwanted roses. It was very random and weird, my roommate and I sold about $180 worth at a local bar. But I still had soooo many roses. I decided to paint with them and use the roses as a symbol of harassment in my first gallery show. Just because a man wants to date you, doesn’t mean you have to accept his gifts.
How do you keep your ideas fresh?
Kristine: I try to keep up with relevant world design inspirations. Social media has been a big help, I follow many artists who amaze me with their talents. Sometimes you just need to see someone creating to get that drive going. I definitely don’t struggle when it comes to ideas. If I’m online and see something I like I’ll make a list of what inspired me, this is really helps when I get into the studio, I don’t have to waste time brainstorming ideas.
Your “A Lesson in Romantics” is meant to highlight and bring awareness to sexual and domestic violence. They show emotional processing of your past traumas. It is very courageous of you. You say this story coming soon. Could you uncover a story for us a bit?
Kristine: When I was in my last year of college, a guy sent me $400 worth of roses. I didn’t want this man contacting me, so receiving the roses at my house was a big red flag. I needed to create an art exhibit for my final grade; I didn’t have an idea what to do. Growing up, I experienced a lot of emotional and physical trauma, I didn’t really start processing that until college. This show was my first in public discussion of my life’s story. Many who had known me where very unaware of my traumatic past, this was a way to bring awareness to what happens in our community to everyday people.
What is a day of working like in your studio? Do you have any rituals that help you get motivated or in “the zone”?
Kristine: Mess, dogs and music! I must have music on and I usually have my two puppies by my side. I need background noise to get in the zone. My usual studio process includes pulling out a bunch of supplies and seeing what comes of it. I prefer to reuse materials that some would throw away, this often adds texture and dimension to my pieces. I work best in the early morning hours, between 4-6 am. I feel this stillness in the world, like no one has any expectations for me so I can truly let myself create without conflicting thoughts if my daily responsibilities.
What’s the most challenging part of your artistic process? And how do you overcome it?
Kristine: Knowing when to stop, I don’t really plan out my creations. This leaves me the freedom to explore new ideas, however it gets a complicated when I’m trying to decide if a piece is really finished. I’m a bit of a perfectionist, one day it may look fine then the next day I might want to change something. Which usually leads to regret. In these moments I try to start a new piece just to distract myself.
What is the best way to reach people that are interested in your art?
Kristine: Social media has been a huge resource when it comes to sharing my artwork. My website, Instagram and Facebook are how I keep my business buzz going. It’s really helpful to reach new audiences that aren’t in my usual demographic.
What’s the coolest art tip you’ve ever received?
Kristine: In college I was taught to draw portraits and figures upside down, for me that was such a head scratcher. Seeing how our brains process negative space was really interesting. If you’re just starting out, drawing upside down while trying to get recreate a portrait really helps get you into the habit of seeing the whole picture.
You were featured in British Vogue magazine, congratulations! How did that happen?
Kristine: I’m still trying to pinch myself, it’s so surreal! British Vogue found my website (thankfully!) and really appreciated my artwork. I like to say my website design and SEO knowledge helped make that connection. It’s important artists make a strong online presence for themselves. Great things can happen when you least expect them!
What advice would you give to upcoming artists, how to think out-of-the-box and grow?
Kristine: Listen to that little voice in your head. Make something weird or strange regardless of what others may think. Artists are magical humans who deserve to create for themselves, too often we let outside voices sway our decision making. Believe in your process.
What’s next on the horizon for you?
Kristine: I’m currently working towards helping my art community grow, I have a few projects that will have a pretty big impact on the arts community in my area. Artists need a place to make and create, we don’t really have that here in SD. I hoping to change that. I’m also working with Fashion Crossover London to share my art internationally.
Is there anything you’d like to add that I didn’t ask about?
Kristine: My main goal is to share my art with the world because I believe everyone is capable of being an artist. We just have to show up!
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