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Color-Saturated Compositions: Art by Rayne Tunley

A watercolor painting of a still lakeAfternoon, Canoe Lake, watermedia

Rayne Tunley is a Canadian artist and art educator currently based in Ontario. Rayne’s body of work primarily features watercolor paintings with color-saturated compositions that mimic the liquidity of the medium.

A watercolor painting of an abstracted blue fieldDusk's Kiss, varnished watercolor


The works in Rayne’s gallery of watercolor paintings are fascinating – I’m impressed by how the artist is able to innovate with a medium that is often so tricky to control. Most of the compositions oscillate between sweeping landscapes and near-monochromatic abstractions, and a saturated, electric blue hue comprises a large part of the color palette. Even when Rayne is painting a grassy field, the aesthetic of the work seems to reference water, tying it back to the medium.

A screen capture of Rayne Tunley's art websiteThe front page of Rayne's art website


I’m also quiet interested in Rayne’s drawings – these black and white compositions seem abstract at first, yet when viewed alongside her watercolor landscapes they seem more like close-ups of undulating forms, like ocean waves or the grooves in a tree trunk. Some remind me of work by Ryan Tippery, though smoother, and less rustic in terms of subject.

A charcoal drawing of flowing abstract linesEfflorescence, charcoal

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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