Don Rankin


Don Rankin's watercolors can be found in numerous corporate and private art collections world -wide. His work has been exhibited in many national/international invitational juried exhibitions He is the author of the first authoritative book on glazing techniques in watercolor. His book, Mastering Glazing Techniques in Watercolor, was first published by Watson-Guptill Publications in 1985. Due to popular demand it was revised, updated and independently published in 2011. Some of his books on watercolor technique have been translated and published in foreign language editions. His watercolor studio site  reaches viewers in over 70 countries and is available in over 100 languages. 

Don's work has been featured in numerous publications such as American Artist, Southern Living, Northlight and Watercolor, as well as many regional periodicals and newspapers. Now retired, for 23 years he was an Assistant Professor of Art in the School of the Arts, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama. He has an earned PhD in Visual Communication.

At the age of 28, Don was one of the youngest artists to be elected to Who's Who in American Art. He is also listed in Who's Who in American Education and Marquis Who's Who. He is also the author of Painting From Photographs, Sketches and the Imagination, Answers to 50 Most Often Asked Questions About Watercolor Glazing Technique, and he was a contributor to Marian Appelhof's book entitled Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Watercolor, and Elizabeth Leonard's book Painting the Landscape.

He is a co-founder, life member and past president of the Southern Watercolor Society and a Patron of the Portrait Society of America. Don is a recent recipient/inductee into Marquis Who's Who Life Time Achievement Award. This is one of the highest awards bestowed by Marquis Who's Who. 

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