Kristine Reiner is an artist specialising in contemporary painting with roses with a big love and appreciation for creativity itself. She built her confidence and grow and nurture her talent at The University of Sioux Falls, where she studied Graphic Design and Multimedia Production. Kristine’s work highly focuses on the use of roses and incorporates them into her paintings to add a level of texture and dimension. We had a big pleasure talking to recently featured artist in the June issue of the Harper’s Bazaar. To find out more see the whole interview below! Enjoy!
A lot of your designs revolve around roses and flowers, where did the inspiration stem from to incorporate these into your artwork?
My inspiration to incorporate roses into my work came from my love of nature. Fall is my favourite time of year, leaves falling everywhere, colours changing. I may have been given a large amount of unwanted roses, however it didn’t feel right to toss them in the trash. I love roses, it was hard for me to see them all withering without a purpose. At the time I was enrolled in a mixed media course. Mixed media is centred around using multiple mediums to create a piece of artwork. Supplies aren’t limited and can be a number of things from charcoal to textiles. This form is great for reusing old materials and giving them a new purpose. That studio time allowed me to experiment with the ungodly amount of roses I received. I first started creating gradients of changing blues and reds to mimic the cold weather.
Your artwork helps in raising awareness about sexual harassment and domestic violence, has creating art helped you deal with your past traumas?
My artwork has immensely helped me heal. Creating is a therapeutic way for me to understand my emotions. When I’m in the studio, I take the time to sit with my emotions. Often times my artwork will say things I can’t. For most of my life I was silenced and in unsafe circumstances, under no control of my own. Creating art has given me control over myself, I no longer have to seek approval or validation. Art has given me the confidence to be whatever I chose.
Creating art has given me control over myself, I no longer have to seek approval or validation. Art has given me the confidence to be whatever I chose.
Other than roses, where do you tend to get your inspiration from and when do you feel most inspired to create art?
Artists from all over the world inspire me every day. Technology has really helped shed a light on creatives who may not have ever been discovered. Instagram artists have really kept me motivated this year, following local and international artists has been my favourite source of inspiration. I feel most inspired to create after a great day outside or during the 3am witching hours of the night. There’s really no in between.
Following local and international artists has been my favourite source of inspiration
You host classes to help others create and become more inspired, has helping others always been something you’ve been passionate about?
Growing up, there were many financial struggles my family faced. I know what it’s like to go to bed hungry, I know the feeling of being in line for essential necessities. Many times throughout my life I’ve dedicated myself to the care of others. I spent several years taking care of the elderly while studying, they were my first painting students! Now I spend my time working with local nonprofits for community change. It’s amazing to see how my artwork can help change the world.
How do you keep your artwork relevant and what can we expect to see from you throughout this coming year?
Art is ever changing, I believe a work of art with a simple strong message can be timeless. There are several fundamentals we artist adhere to; composition, theme, and colour are what I tend to focus on most. My works are centred around things the public should notice, societal issues that deserve more perspective. Expect to see some serious strong feminine pieces, a few personal identity growth works and a collection reflecting our world for the year 2020.
I believe a work of art with a simple strong message can be timeless
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Words by Holly Cramman