About oscar rayneri

My creative journey in art began as a youngster drawing my own mystery comic strip. When I drew the characters, they started to take on a life of their own while my pencil moved across the pages.  As my drawing progressed, I began to see the world in different ways.  I noticed details like shadows, shapes and colors. When I became an adult, I soon moved on to oils and thought that I had found a way to express my talents.  However, my passion for the medium of watercolors was ignited by seeing the exciting works created by various artists and displayed at art festivals and galleries.  My switch to watercolors was complete when I experienced the tremendous luminosity of this medium during workshops presented by master artists. Over the years, I have grown and stretched as an artist by always continuing to learn. I have also enjoyed sharing my knowledge of watercolors with others through my teaching the many workshops and classes at various locations throughout the Southeast.


Rayneri has taught watercolor workshops at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC, at the Arrowmont Schoot for Arts and Crafts in Gatlingburg, TN and at many other locations throughout the Southeast. In addition to teaching workshops, Rayneri was selected as the Artist-In-Residence for the Dougherty County Schools in Georgia where he demonstrated and taught his skills to high school art students.  Oscar is available to teach workshops for two or more days in length. Please contact him for further information.


Rayneri has been painting professionally for 35 years. He began his art experience in oils but quickly changed his focus to watercolors. He has studied with such artists of national renown as Nita Engle, Murray Wentworth, Tony Couch and Henry Caselli. These great artists have influenced Rayneri’s painting style into the vibrant, colorful, and dramatic presentation that it is today. 


Rayneri watercolors and drawings hang in many private and corporate collections, such as Procter & Gamble, Miller Brewing and Merck Chemical. His works are also owned by institutions like the University of Florida Shands Hospital in Gainesville, FL, Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital and the Albany Museum of Art in Albany, GA. Some of his commissions have included limited edition prints for the National Kidney Foundation to raise money for kidney research and the Thronateeska Heritage Foundation, in Albany, GA, to commemorate the Sesquicentennial (150 years) Anniversary with a collage of seven, significant historical buildings. 


Eight of Rayneri’s watercolors have been selected for the covers of Florida and Georgia magazines. His pencil drawings have also appeared in three poetry books. His paintings have received Best of Show awards in Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina and two of his watercolors were selected for the Georgia Watercolor Society National Exhibitions. Rayneri watercolors can be seen in many North Georgia galleries such as Sautee Nacoochee, Bowen Center for the Arts in Dawsonville, and in the Georgia Art League exhibitions in Gainesville.


Rayneri is a founding member of the Albany Artists Guild in Albany GA, the Chestatee Artists in Dahlonega, GA, and a past Treasurer of the Dahlonega Arts Council. Please refer to the “Member Of’” section for his many other associations.


Oscar Rayneri - Award Winning Watercolorist

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