Berry Artist of the Week – REINA MULLER

How long have you been an artist?

I have been an acrylic artist since 2012.

How did you get involved?

In high school in Osaka I had painted in both oil and watercolour. When I came to Australia in 2012, I purchased my first acrylic paints and was very impressed with their ability. I was amazed that like watercolour, they use water to dilute and can mix the colours, and similar to oils, can be painted over and over again. Further, the paints aren’t toxic, you don’t need toxic mediums and they have vibrant colours that dry fast for quick work.

At first, I started painting from magazine's - landscape and gardens in travel or gardening magazines, and after from my own reference photos.

Have you entered any competitions or exhibitions? If so which ones

Gympie Show 2017 2 x Highly Commended prizes in the Acrylic Scenery Section.

Gympie Show 2018 First and third prizes in the Acrylic Scenery Section.

Du Rietz Art Award 2019 2 x Finalists

I have also sold pieces through the Community of Art Exhibition in Brisbane.

What do you love about art? What is your motivation?

I mostly love to paint gardens, flowers and the ocean. My theme is tranquility. I love art because art has nothing correct or incorrect. I also love praising up others and suggesting ideas for different art technique at my art group.

How would you describe your style?

My art works are mostly realism although not at a hyper or super level.

Who/what are your influences?

When I started acrylic, I was inspired by Wayne Clements (Australian artist), Tim Gagnon (American artist), Mark Waller ( Australian artist), Michael James Smith (England artist), Lisa Adams (Sunshine coast artist), Jane Grealy (Brisbane artist), and Haruo Endo (Japanese artist).

For portraits, I like Matt Philleo (American artist) Barry Maccan (Australian artist), and Ryo Shiotani (Japanese artist).

What are some of your favourite personal works?

Gunabul Zesty Edible

Gunabul Zesty Edible is the name of a local restaurant where my husband and I were married. The reference photo was taken at a special Sunday Roast for Mother’s Day where we had a gathering of relatives and lots of fun.

Rainbow Beach

My painting of Rainbow Beach is of the beautiful scene from a restaurant balcony above Rainbow Beach.

Happy Tradition

Happy Tradition is of my daughter at the Todai-ji temple in Nara, Japan when we visited 3 years ago. The temple has pillars with a hole in one of the pillars for the big Buddha statue’s nostril. People believe that anyone who crawls through the hole will forever have good condition of health and wellbeing. I crawled through when I was a child. Here it was my daughter’s turn.

What is your creative process?

I paint as watching reference photo and often use grid method.

What are your goals?

In the future I would like to build an art school for children.


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