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Don Rankin  Assistant Professor, Fine Art

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Phone: (205) 205-726-2840
Office: Swearingen Hall

Biographical Information

Don is currently a full time Assistant Professor of Art in the School of the Arts, at  Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, teaching color theory, structure of design, painting and drawing.  Don has an earned Ph.D. in Visual Communication with a specialty in American Indian imagery.  He is an artist member of the Indian Arts and Crafts
Association, Oil Painters of America and the Portrait Society of America. He is a former President and one of the co-founders of the Southern Watercolor Society.

He was one of the youngest artists to be included in Who’s Who in American Art and his biography has been produced in every edition since 1973. He is also listed in Marquis Who’s Who and Who’s Who in American Education.  His work has been featured in American Artist magazine, The New York Art Review and Northlight  magazine as well as other regional and national publications. Don is the author of Mastering Glazing Techniques in Watercolor , Painting From Sketches, Photographs and the Imagination and Answers to 50 of the Most  Often Asked Questions About Watercolor Glazing Techniques, all originally Watson-Guptill Publications. His work was featured in Painting the Landscape by Elizabeth Leonard and Everything  You Ever Wanted to Know About Watercolor edited by Marian Appelof,  also Watson-Guptill Publications. His work has also been translated and published in foreign language editions as well as produced in video productions. Don’s paintings are found in many corporate and private collections.


"Dragon Vase", oil on canvas, 9" x 12" (above)

"Antique Shop", watercolor, 18" x 24" (above) 


"David", oil on canvas, 12" x 14" (above)


"Dragging Canoe", watercolor, 18" x 24" (above)



 "David II", watercolor, 20" x 30" (above)