In the Audubon Tradition Exhibition
About David Rankin
David Rankin’s painting style is based on what he calls natural abstraction, realistic subjects using abstract design principles that he finds in Nature.
His award-winning watercolors are in public and private art collections in the U.S., India, and China, have been featured in more than 150 museum exhibitions, are included in the North Light’s series, Splash: The Best of Watercolor, and Strokes of Genius: The Best of Drawing, and in numerous art magazines.
He promotes conservation and appreciation of the natural world through his paintings and has worked with organizations such as the International Crane Foundation, the Wild Bird Society of Japan, the Corporate Conservation Council-Japan and the Smithsonian Institution. He is a Signature Member of the Ohio Watercolor Society, Artists for Conservation, and the Society of Animal Artists where he has served on the board since 1990. David is one of the true modern-day masters of transparent watercolors, exuding a dynamic passion for the medium in his lectures, demonstrations, and workshop instruction. His art reflects his profound passion for both watercolor and nature.
Soaring on Thermals
18 x 24″
I wanted to create the illusion of this majestic eagle riding thermals 2,000 feet above the earth. I am mesmerized by the abstract design of the landscape below.
Cruising the Harbor
12 x 18″
My wife’s sister and her husband live in Hilton Head and when we visit there, I’m fascinated by the pelicans. Each morning they provide me great entertainment as they hang out on boats, jetties, sandbars, and pilings waiting for the fishermen. They are strong swimmers, masterful fliers, and a living symbol of how successful wildlife conservation can be