Artistic flair reflected in business
The Jim Cotter’s artistic flair was showcased through his business Interior Designs, which he started in partnership with his brother Roland. Interior Designs in Arawa Street South sold New Zealand-made furniture, carpets and fabrics, and offered a complete architectural and interior design service.
Daughter Maria, who had been working with architects in Hamilton and Tauranga, later joined the business – as did Shane until his untimely death at 30 – while a second store in Tauranga was managed by Jim and Roland’s sister Jeanette.
During his almost 50-year career, Jim enjoyed considerable success as a designer, netting
several awards. His Matamata public work included the Matamata Town Clock, the original i-Site building and the Founders’ Park rock pool.
However, possibly one of his greatest disappointments was retailers’ fierce resistance to his proposals to convert Arawa Street to a pedestrian mall.
A second proposal, com- missioned by the then Matamata Borough Council, met with the same resistance.
However, the present streetscape eventually succeeded.
Jim was never happier than when he was putting paint to canvas or using his illustration skills for various publications. Known for his vibrant abstract and semiabstract works. His art won many top awards. He is survived by his four daughters, nine grandchildren and nine great
Jim Cotter inside the Church of the Holy Angels which he designed and earned him the distinction of being honoured with an Apostolic Blessing by Pope John Paul 11.