My Jungle

  My jungle is not green, Nor any quiet color. My jungle is not silent, Because she squeaks and yawns unlike an ordered universe. My jungle is not still, Its movement flows in winds and rivers. My jungle blooms, and swallows, sighs in heaves, it splatters and disconnects and re-puzzles. Read More …

Sueños, el Deseo y el Tesoro

Tension; boundless dreams and stirring desire. Breaking; a thunderous crack of a heart opening. Transformation; ever-changing treasure found.   Acrylic on Canvas 72” x 54” (c) Marika Reinke 2016   -Available Currently installed at Sage Brush Art Studio, Brasilito Costa Rica CONTACT ME marika@marikareinke.com E-MAIL LIST Join my E-mail List Read More …

Jewels, Dreams and Metaphors

These are beautiful one-of-a-kind original watercolor painting necklaces. They sparkle, a luscious punch of style, like jewels but crafted with iridescent, gold, silver and vivid luxurious pigments. Practically, they are durably sealed to outlast Costa Rican heat and water (please don’t put them in the laundry though!). Ultimately, they are meaningful gifts that seal friendship, memories, love and self. Read More …

On the Cover

It is official.  Goodbye Adrian made the cover of the German magazine raum & zeit (Space & Time).  The magazine runs in print and is available in Germany.  I have a few copies in Seattle but none in Costa Rica.      How did this happen? I was discovered online.  The magazine Read More …

Constraints and Freedom

“I always finish a painting in a day – max 2 days” she said.  And I thought Wow. “I can work on a painting for up to 6 months.” was my response. We both looked at each other in awe. The creative process takes many forms and there is no one right way.  But Read More …

Storm

A Story: There are  incredible storms in Costa Rica, but none match the one I’ve lately tended to inside. A little over two months ago, I left my burgeoning art career in Seattle to move to rural Costa Rica.  And my identity was lifted in the air and then…what? The storm and dissonance are my path now.  I Read More …

The Paintings I Carry

One week left in Seattle and then we hop on the plane for a new adventure in Costa Rica.  Mostly, packing has consisted of purging, the getting rid of and lightening, but I’m willing to carry a few items for sentimental reasons.  I will paint in Costa Rica.  I’m packing all my paints but I Read More …

Working with Color & Life

This commission is taking me a long time to finish.  I make three decisions  and then I’m exhausted, and the paint needs to dry.  I walk away. As I work, I think about my client.  She has an irreversible and deadly disease.  This painting is for her life partner as Read More …

Unusual Weather (c) Marika Reinke

The specter of climate change is an underlying disquiet.  What unusual weather we are having is small talk, a subtle code and acknowledgement.  There is change emerging around a corner too sharp to see around. The question is not if it is a hoax or who caused it.  The real questions: What will humans Read More …

A Beautiful Mind

I dislike the word “disabled” and the word “disorder” is just as bad.  These words focus on the many ways someone is not <some “normal” trait> which can be fairly translated as not mediocre. Words like “disabled” and “disorder” reveal weepingly dysfunctional thinking. Sadly, they are hurtful. Yet they are institutional terms we pretend are Read More …