Don Rainville was born in Salem, Massachusetts. After studying Forestry at the Essex Technical Institute of Agriculture, Rainville entered the world of high end antique and art restoration, honing colorist skills and the ability to experiment with diverse materials; the consistent nature of such refined work is in direct contrast to Rainville’s approach to his paintings. Utilizing action painting techniques, Rainville takes his inspiration from infinite forms of wild landscapes to create dynamic and expressive depictions of nature.
Painting primarily on boards with house oil paint, Don employs action painting techniques. By utilizing house oils, there is less interruption between him and the application of paint—he is able to achieve random and spontaneous effects and have more direct access to the fluidity of the medium; to “be literally ‘in’ the painting” (to quote Jackson Pollock). No brushes are used in his work, as brushes impede the ability to manipulate paint, and diminish the paint’s ability to dictate form; instead he works with torn shapes of lightweight cardboard, and at times, actual plant material to apply paint.
Rainville exhibits throughout the New England region, and has shown at the Cahoon Museum on Cape Cod and the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, New Hampshire. Rainville is represented by the Gallery at Somes Sound on Mount Desert Island, Maine and Harbor Square Gallery in Rockland, Maine. He presently maintains his studio in Camden, Maine.
As an artist represented by the Gallery at Somes Sound, Don will be participating in the Centennial celebration via an invitational group show, “The Acadia Centennial Collection.” He will be recreating, in his own style, two iconic images of Mount Desert Island painted by Frederic Edwin Church (“Sunset” and “Abandoned Skiff”). In addition to these two pieces for the gallery, the emphasis of his work for the 2016 season will be inspired by Acadia National Park; he will explore aboriginal themes, revisit the work of 19th century Masters who painted the area, and also use present day imagery to create new visions of the park. In addition to donating a portion of sales from the Church-inspired paintings, a portion of all painting sales in 2016 will be donated to Friends of Acadia.