Gardnerville artist succumbs to injuries received in collision
Gardnerville artist Reiko Hervin died Wednesday as a result of injuries she received in a head-on collision on Nov. 6.
The Nevada Highway Patrol confirmed Hervin’s death through the Washoe County Coroner’s Office, Trooper Chuck Allen said.
The accident occurred on Highway 208 at Jack Wright Summit at about 6:40 p.m. when a trailer hauling a Jeep came unhitched from an oncoming vehicle and crossed into her travel lane.
Hervin, 51, started her art career in her native Japan as a graphic designer. She graduated with honors from the Tokyo Design School, and received a second place award from the Japanese Ministry of Education for her calligraphy at the national competition level. She also worked at a major television station in Yokohama in their graphic design department. Hervin studied under one of the great masters of Japanese art for several years. She continued studying watercolor after she moved to America in 1993.
According to her Web site, she created hundreds of pieces of artwork since settling in Smith Valley in 1997. Most of these paintings are in private collections across America, Europe, and Asia.
She won numerous awards including Nevada State Fair Commendation Awards, Best of Show at Nevada Artist Association and second place at Biggest Little Art Show in Nevada.
She showed her work at the Governor’s Mansion and at the State Library and Archives in Carson City, where she had a one-woman show in 1999. Since then every year she has been invited to have a show around Northern Nevada. In 2000, 2001 and 2002 she was a judge for the Lyon County Fair – Fine Art Exhibit.
Her work appeared on the Watercolor Magic Magazine web site, 2003. In 2004, her transparent watercolor painting was selected at the Watercolor West National judged show in Los Angeles, Calif. She is a juried member of the Watercolor West.
In 2000, Hervin began teaching drawing and watercolor painting classes regularly in Gardnerville, Minden and Smith Valley
She also gave regular art demonstrations at East Fork and Lone Tree galleries.
She was a member of the Carson Valley Art Association and East Fork Gallery.
In 2005, Hervin’s painting, “When Time Stands Still-Iris” was represented in a well-known watercolor series book, “Splash 9 – Watercolor Secrets.”
In 2006 Hervin exhibited at a gallery showing in New York City. Hervin’s original watercolor painting, “Sweet Romance” was shown at the Hudson Valley Art Association’s 75th Annual Art Exhibit.
“I think artists’ work has strong relations with their lives,” Hervin said in a 2006 interview with The R-C. “As artists what can we do? Many of the artists express their emotions – anger, sadness, frustrations – through the colors. There are a lot of paintings out there that artists created during a stage in their lives.
“Can we take this one step more? Can we create a painting more positive and pleasant, give encouragement to make them smile? As artists, we paint from the heart, I feel it’s one of the important things we keep in our minds.”