Christine received her Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Arts, 1977) and her Diploma in Education (Visual Arts, 1979) from the University of Victoria. Christine’s unique and highly collectable paintings are found in corporate and private collections across North America and abroad. She has had more than 35 one-person shows and is currently represented by prestigious galleries in Canada and the USA.
“Colour, movement and light are vital elements in my paintings. I begin with a fairly defined composition; the image evolves as I paint. Colour takes on a life of its own and the character of the landscape is revealed. I strive to create energy with the colours and images which can be experienced by the viewer.”
For three decades, Reimer’s paintings have focused on the landscape of Western Canada, in particular, British Columbia’s Pacific coast islands, the Okanagan Valley, Kootenays and Alberta’s Rocky Mountains and foothills. She continues to develop these themes. She has also explored painting medieval townscapes and vineyards in Tuscany and Provence. Recent work has included florals and abstract works including collage elements.
“The British Columbia landscape is bold and assertive, never timid. The landforms are rugged; the contrast between land, sky and sea dramatic. For this reason the colour and brushwork in my paintings have a strong visual impact which resonates with the landscape portrayed. I possess a strong urge to document and define this landscape.”
Reimer works exclusively in acrylics on canvas and prefers larger canvases for greater visual impact. She photographs extensively, determining compositions which are later refined in sketches.
Reimer states that her painting has been influenced by the Canadian Group of Seven, particularly Tom Thomson, Frederick Varley, A.Y. Jackson and J.E.H. MacDonald. Contemporary Canadian painting influences include Jack Shadbolt, E.J. Hughes and Jim Gordaneer. European influences include Van Gogh, Matisse and Gauguin.
“When I studied visual arts at university my great-uncle, notable Canadian painter Max Maynard, provided my initial inspiration to paint landscape. Maynard was a close friend of artist, Jack Shadbolt, who referred to Max as his “first mentor”. As young men Maynard and Shadbolt admired the work of Emily Carr and spent time in her Victoria studio. I consider Max Maynard to be my first mentor. “
CHRISTINE REIMER (BFA, Dip.Ed.)
born 1954 (Duncan, BC)
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BCWomanArtists.ca (by invitation)
Tutt Galleries, Kelowna, BC
(Works currently held in corporate and private collections across Canada, in the USA., U.K, France and Germany)
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