Artist Statement

 

I think a little messy is healthy. Find unmanicured far more interesting. And enjoy the uncommon.

 

This is a funny contradiction after spending three decades in the advertising industry where messy is unacceptable and crisp clean digital design is the holy grail. Now, I bring the best of those experiences to my art where I am both an unedited storyteller and sole designer--in search of the next step of my evolution as a painter.

 

When creating my artworks, I begin with design--a holdover from my days in advertising. Little thumbnail drawings begin to untangle the nest of inspirations and start the process of establishing order. Subject matter and color, medium and size, paint application and story, each contribute something important in this early design process. This convergence of ideas spills out into little designs in black and white, then evolves into small color drafts, created to evaluate the possibilities for larger work.

 

The sketches help lay a foundation but the details are to be determined once the painting process begins. I create art that is grounded in reality while obviously playing with it--reshaping forms and reinterpreting color. Lines sometimes do the heavy lifting, and at other times its color and texture that bring the piece to life. I enjoy the painting process itself--at times scrubbing out complete paintings only to discover half way through that the scrubbing is actually helping to merge elements and improve the work. This is what I refer to as being brave--sometimes it comes easily others its a full on struggle.

 

My treatment of edges is key to my working style. I love coarsely painted areas that dissolve into another, and crisp edges that melt into a softened area. It keeps my eye moving around the piece and not settling in one area. This variation keeps me going till the fundamental elements feel right. No science. No measuring. No roadmap to a destination. Just a feeling that things have arrived.

 

 


Biography

Ann (Mason) Trainor Domingue was born in Fall River, Massachu­setts, grew up in Barrington, Rhode Island, and spent many summer vacations on Cape Cod, before settling in New Hampshire.

She is a graduate of Rhode Island College with a BA Studio degree in painting and has pursued a career as an artist working in adver­tising agencies as an art director and illustrator; as a teacher at the Currier Museum’s Art Center; and as a painter.

Ann is a Copley Fellow at the Copley Society of Art in Boston. She was recently selected to complete a month-long artist residency at the historic Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA in September 2014 and return residency in 2016. 

Her work hangs in many private and public collections including the permanent collections of Coverys, Boston; the McIninch Gallery at Southern New Hampshire University and Keene State College; Tenn and Tenn law firm, Elliot Hospital, Catholic Medical Center and Manchester Place in Manchester, NH. Her award-winning work has been juried several times into the Currier Museum of Art/NH Art Association Annual Exhibitions, twice into the New Hampshire Biennial, several times in New England Watercolor Society regional and national exhibitions.

Ann is represented on Cape Cod at Gallery Antonia, Chatham, MA; Art3 Gallery in Manchester, NH; Camden Falls Gallery in Camden, ME; Portland Art Gallery, Portland, ME; George Marshall Store Gallery in York, ME; Kennedy Gallery, Portsmouth, NH; and Xanadu Gallery in Scottdale, AZ.

 


Resume and Articles

 

Published / Awards / Show Acceptances / Residencies

 

Upcoming 2017/2018 in Angler's Journal article to feature Ann's original artworks as well as profile of her journey as an artist. 

Selected as an 'Artist to Watch' by Art Collector Maine' for 2017, included in May issue of Maine Home and Design.

Winner of 2017 Puzzle contest sponsored by NH Art Association and Prescott Art in the Park Festival. Artwork depicts a busy colorful waterfront inpsired by New England with closely built houses and shacks with fishing families getting ready for the day.

Published in Zest Magazine of Portland Maine April 2017 for Easter themed article; illustrated custom ink and watercolor artwork of 'Arriving In Style', a chicken dressed in bonnet with her brood arriving at the parade by dory. 

Copley Society of Art 'At Sea' marine painting exhibition, selected work titled 'After All' --an expressive large painting of a schooner with sails up moving slowly backlit by sun with American flag waving at the stern. May 2017.

ArtProv Gallery exhibition "Henry's Kids', group show of select works by recent and past students of Rhode Island College Professor Enrico Pinardi, January 2017, Providence, RI. 

Design New England profile of work and creative process in Sept/Oct 2016 article written by Lori Ferguson.

New Hampshire Art Association, solo exhibition 'Along the Waterfront', May 2016.

Copley Society of Art group show of Copley fellows who have recently completed artist residencies awarded by the Copley Society, Bosotn, May 2016.

2015 profile in Art Collector Maine annual book, profile of artist members of The Portland Art Gallery. 

Cape Cod Museum of Art exhibition 'Structures and Remnants', now until October 15, 2015, juried in piece titled 'Well Worn Morn', 12x12, acrylic on paper/panel.

Solo exhibition titled "Home Revisited" at Gallery Antonia, Chatham, MA, opening reception Saturday, December 13, 2014.

Copley Society of Art 2014 recipient of Artist Residency at the Fine Art Work Center in Provincetown, MA.

Artwork selected by 'Sea of Trees' movie set designer for use on movie set directed by Gus 
Van Zandt, starring Matthew McConoughey 2014. 'At The Start' acrylic on panel, in private collection

AcrylicWorks1, 2014, artwork selected for inclusion in acrylic book published by North Light Books 2014. "Lined Up in Blues/Working Docks Lineup, 24x36, acrylic on paper affixed to ampersand deep cradled panel.

Copley Society of Art Members Winter Show 2014 selected “Through the Clearing”, acrylic on canvas. Juried by Hope Turner and Zola Solamente, of Arden Gallery.

Copley Society of Art Members Modernist Show 2013 selected “Autumn Reflected”, acrylic on canvas. Juried by Judith Tolnick Champa, Editor-in-Chief of Art New England.

George Marshall Store Gallery in York Maine selected 10 pieces of my work to be part of the “Pleased to Meet You II” group show 2013.

13th Biennial North American Open Show 2012 sponsored by New England Watercolor Society, juried by Tom Lynch. Artwork selected watercolor and ink titled, "Old School Shadows". Winner of Jerry's Artarama Award.

NH Art Association 62nd Currier Exhibition at Currier Museum of Art, January 2011. Juried by Jen Mergel, Beal Family Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Dina Deitsch, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA. One of 49 pieces selected from over 225 entries.

Juried into 2009 New England Watercolor Society Regional Exhibition, "Reflections In Line" watercolor/ink.

NH Art Association 60th Currier Exhibition, hosted by NH Institute of Art, Manchester, NH, January 2008. Juried by Cynthia Reeves, Spheris Gallery-NH and NYC. One of 50 pieces selected from 150 entrants for piece titled, "Lobster Lessons."

Juried into 2007 Vision and Voice Exhibition: Art As Social and Political Commentary, sponsored by the NHAA, one of 59 artists selected from 160 applicants.

Accepted to NHAA/Currier Museum of Art Exhibtion 2007, juror Karen Burgess Smith, director Lamont Gallery, Philips Exeter Academy. Winner of Dr. Paul and Duddy Costello Memorial Award, one of ten awards. Selected from 70 works in the exhibition.

NH Art Association Parfitt Memorial Show, September 2006, third place. Juror DeWitt Hardy. Accepted to NHAA/Currier Museum of Art Exhibtion 2006, juror Mary Harding, curator of George Marshall Gallery, York, Maine.

Accepted into NH Institute of Art Juried Biennial Show 2005, Manchester, NH, juror Daryl Furthkamp, director of Kimball Jenkins Art Center, Concord, NH.

NHAA/Currier Museum of Art Exhibition 2005, Georgeopoulas Award for Drawing. National Trust for Historic Preservation, poster art “Preserving the Spirit of Place,” 2002, third place in national competition.

Manchester Artists Association, Art in the Park, 2001, Best of Show and second in oil/acrylic.


Articles

Design New England profile published Sept/Oct 2016 issue, pages 82-85, 'Painting Joy'.

http://digital.designnewengland.com/designnewengland/september_october_2016?pg=85#pg85

 

HippoPress profile July 2015, ATD on 'Sunstrokes' exhibition and studio visit. 

https://issuu.com/hippopress/docs/hip_150702_000book_with_hyperlinks

 

 

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