After completing a degree in Visual Arts, Nerina then completed a Graduate Diploma in painting and has continued to exhibit in both Australia and internationally for over 25 years. Her paintings are part of private collections in Australia, Singapore, UK, America and Japan.
With regards to her artistic practise, Nerina draws on her influence from her many years of travel to, and study the wisdom and symbolism of a number of countries. Early works were created after the exploration of the arts, culture and spirituality of countries including Indonesia, China, Tibet, India, Sri Lanka and Nepal.
Over the recent decade, Nerina's work has continued to derive been inspiration from the sacred arts of a number of Asian countries, in particular, the arts of Japan. Be it a scroll painting, a monk's calligraphy koan or a beautifully woven kimono, these ancient objects seem to encapsulate the essence of timeless simplicity and beauty that is inherent in all things. Such a concept offers a welcomed reprive from the stress, noise and hustle bustle of this modern day.
Her current artistic practice combines the influences of the ancient artwork from the orient, an understanding of Zen Buddhist philosophy and the natural beauty of the Australian bush. Nerina's paintings contain an element of a space or stillness which suggests a magical, 'alive' dimension beyond the material, yet balanced beside this space are forms and objects of the natural world.
The use of gold and silver leaf, screen printed patterns and a haze of encaustic wax combine to create a sensitive reverence towards commonly overlooked objects including branches of gum leaves, blossom in flower or a flowing stream. The paintings are material objects that depict an image which arose from the essence and which, at their highest function, will offer the viewer a window to their own invisible essence within.
"It is clear her works are meant to act as a kind of mandala to aid viewers in entering the meditation process. You focus on the works and are led to a higher spiritual plane – somehow the mist or haze leads you higher up the spectrum of consiousness, beyone religionor rational materialism. You feel like you are living 13th century Zen Master Dogen's famous essay, "The Time Being", a treatise on the dimension of time where you immerse yourself in a moment in time, living, breathing and experiencing that very moment when time stands still. All that is left is a yearning, craving for a sense of wholeness or spitritual consumation that you know your hectic life as a whole will never deliver."