My name is Cindie Reiter I’m an artist and I live in the Scottish Highlands. I’m very inspired by my surroundings, the mountains and lochs near my home. I find myself focussing on the sea and its ever changing moods. I am also drawn to try and capture the contrast between humanity and the majestic landscapes, the mountains and lochs and the wee homes which snuggle beneath the hills. Therefore in the last few years I have primarily been a landscape painter, working both en plein air and in my studio.
However, I am always striving to be a better artist. In recent years I have relearned alla-prima (wet on wet) oil painting, concentrating on still life and last year I did a certificate in Botanical illustration with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh. Each course has helped me improve my art across all the mediums that I paint in, but I’m still forever learning.
I work in acrylics, watercolours and mixed media and I also paint trompe l’eoil and recycle paper and books to make objet d’art.
A bit about my history
I went to art collage many years ago and then gave up painting when my children were small. I really admire artists who can hold down an art career, raise children and work – as I had to, but I wasn’t one of them, I worked in libraries and in mental health for a long time, working with others to help them focus on artistic persuits and then, when my children had grown up and my husband retired, I went back to my own art.
It was a real challenge at first and I hated everything that I did. But slowly I began to share my art again. I undertook a series of different courses aiming to improve my skills and I practiced, practiced, practiced. Gradually I started to show my work locally in the Highlands of Scotland, where I live, went to workshops and made friends online with lots of talented and supportive people and joined several artist groups in the area.
In the past few years I set up a gallery in partnership with two friends, which we ran for a couple of years until the building went up for sale. I have exhibited in a number of venues, sold online and from art and craft fairs, tutored online and individually and set up a very relaxed and friendly art group with my friend and fellow artist Lynne Roberts
My friend and fellow artist, Aileen, and I have often collaborated, she also lives in Lochcarron, her website is Aileen Grant Art
I am so very lucky to live in a wonderful place and, if you’re visiting this area then there a lots of places to go. Check out the links button on the menu above for more information
If you want to know more about any of these places or have any questions or queries please do contact me via this page or via any of my social media sites below
I have exhibited in a number of galleries in the Highland area, from Skye to Thurso, from Inverness to Gairloch and currently have work in several local places.
You can contact me here if you’d like to ask a question or just to say hello, some links to my social media sites are below if you want to see some images of my artistic journey over the last few years.