About the Artist :: Ann Trainor Domingue

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

She is a graduate of Rhode Island College with a BA Studio degree in painting and has pursued a career as an advertising agency art director, illustrator, teacher and painter.

Ann is a Copley Artist member of the prestigious Copley Society of Art in Boston. Her work hangs in many private and public collections including permanent collections of the McIninch Gallery at Southern New Hampshire University and Keene State College student center; Tenn and Tenn Law Firm board room, 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 NH Biennial presented by the NH Institute of Art, and three times into the New England Watercolor Society regional and national exhibitions.

Ann teaches classes and workshops at the Art Center–art school of the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, NH and at various locations in New England.


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 fans who enjoy my point of view.

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 foundation is laid 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 it’s 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.

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 until the fundamental elements feel right. No science. No measuring. No road-map to a destination. Just a feeling that things have arrived.

Featured Gallery Shows of Ann Trainor Domingue

View write-up of “Last Splash of Color”»

View write-up of “Homecoming At Camden Harbor”»

View write-up of “New Work for the New Year – Summer 2017″»

View write-up of “Coastal Color”»

View write-up of “Sunstrokes”»

View write-up of “A Harvest of Color: New Works by Ann Trainor Domingue”»

View write-up of “Colors of Spring”»