Oscar Rayneri, watercolor artist, moved to Dahlonega, Georgia last year to be closer to some of his favorite subject matter. It is here, among the beauty of the mountains that he searches out waterfalls, rustic barns, flowers, and landscapes to capture in his paintings. Our nationís architectural past has also influenced Rayneriís choice of subject matter with scenes from cities like Savannah, GA, Charleston, SC, Williamsburg, VA and St. Augustine, FL. Inspired by these cities and others like them, his artwork exemplifies many attractive features of historical architecture, as he paints their brownstones, master craft shops and colonial inns. By featuring these treasures from the pastsí simpler days, Rayneri brings out nostalgic feelings that tug at our hearts.
Mr. Rayneri is a regular instructor at John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC, where he teaches watercolors and drawing. He has taught watercolor workshops throughout the southeast and recently taught two workshops at the Dahlonega Arts Council and in Monroe, GA. In addition to teaching workshops, Rayneri was selected as the Artist-In-Residence for the Dougherty County Schools in Georgia where he demonstrated and taught his skills to high school art students. In 2010, he is also scheduled to teach continuing education classes in watercolors and drawing at North Georgia College and State University in Dahlonega.
Rayneri has been painting professionally for 35 years. He began his art experience in oils but quickly changed his focus to watercolors. He has studied with such artists of national renown as Nita Engle, Murray Wentworth, Tony Couch and Henry Caselli. These great artists have influenced Rayneriís painting style into the vibrant, colorful, and dramatic presentation that it is today.
Rayneri watercolors and drawings hang in many private collections, as well as corporate collections such as Procter & Gamble, Miller Brewing, and Merck Chemical. His works are also displayed in institutions like the University of Florida Shands Hospital, Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany, GA, and the Albany Museum of Art. Some of his commissions have included limited edition prints for the National Kidney Foundation to raise money for kidney research and the Thronateeska Heritage Foundation, in Albany, GA, to commemorate the Sesquicentennial (150 years) Anniversary with a collage of seven, significant historical buildings.
Eight of Rayneriís watercolors have been selected for the covers of Florida and Georgia magazines. His pencil drawings have also appeared in three poetry books. His paintings have received Best of Show awards in Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina and some of his watercolors have been selected in national competition for Georgia Watercolor Society National Exhibitions. Most recently, Rayneri has exhibited at the Kryder Gallery and at The Cannery Gallery, both in Dahlonega and he received the top painting award at the recent Mountain Flower Art Festival also in Dahlonega. Rayneri is the treasurer for the Dahlonega Arts Council and also serves on its board of directors.