E D U C A T I O N

1980-1984 Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting, Arizona State University, summa cum laude

“Outstanding Graduating Senior in Drawing,” 1984

E X H I B I T I O N S

2019 Pop-Up Show, Anderson Fine Art, Saint Simons Island, Georgia (solo show)

2018 Southern Light, Anderson Fine Art, Saint Simons Island, Georgia (solo show)

2017 Rani Garner & Ann Watcher, Lagerquist Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia (two-person show)

2017 Huntsville Museum 26th annual gala & art auction, Huntsville Alabama

2016&17 Fall Show, Two Sisters Gallery, Columbus Georgia

2016 Montgomery Museum of Fine Art biennial art auction, Montgomery Alabama

2015 Spotlight on Art, Trinity School, Atlanta Georgia

2014 Featured Artist, Red Bird Gallery, Seaside Florida

2013 Ambient Light, Lagerquist Gallery, Atlanta GA (solo show)

2013 Sky & Shore, Joseph House Art Gallery, Columbus, GA (solo show)

2012 15th Anniversary Show, Two Sisters Gallery, Columbus, GA

2011 Paintings of Rural Georgia, Joseph House Art Gallery, Columbus, GA (two-person show)

2011-2014 Let There Be Art!, Columbus Museum, Columbus, Georgia

2010 Featured Artist, Lagerquist Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia

2009 Summer Solstice, Fountainside Gallery, Wilmington, North Carolina

2007, 2008 Featured Artist, Red Bird Gallery, Seaside, Florida

2006-2011 Open Spaces, Green Places, Two Sisters Gallery, Columbus, Georgia

2006 Introductions[06], Lagerquist Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia

2003 Southern Skies, Joseph House Art Gallery, Columbus, Georgia (solo show)

2001, 2004 Flying Colors, Columbus Museum, Columbus, Georgia

2000 Golden Hours, Gardner Galleries, Columbus, Georgia (solo show)

1998 Maternal Instincts, Campbell House Gallery, Southern Pines, North Carolina (solo show)

1996 Women Artists Invitational, Broadhurst Gallery, Pinehurst, North Carolina

J U R I E D S H O W S

2015 Sand, Sea & Sky, Cecil Byrne Gallery, Charleston South Carolina

2012-2015 Women Painters of the Southeast, various galleries

2012 Art of Trees 2012, Corse Gallery & Atelier, Jacksonville, Florida

2010,2011 Southworks national art competition, Watkinsville, Georgia

2009 1st annual national Trees in Art exhibition, Trees Atlanta HQ, Atlanta, Georgia

2011 Best of Spring into Art, Turner Center for the Arts, Valdosta, GA

2003-2005 Southwest Georgia Regional Art Competition, Albany Arts Council, Albany, GA

2001 21st Annual July National Exhibition, Franklin Square Gallery, Southport, NC

1997 Neolandscape, Union Street Gallery, Chicago Heights, Illinois

1997,‘98,‘00 Annual Competition for North Carolina Artists, Museum of Art, Fayetteville, NC

1997 Southern Representational Painters, Comer Museum, Sylacauga, Alabama

1995, ‘97 Recent Works by Cape Fear Area Artists, Museum of Art, Fayetteville, NC

A W A R D S

Finalist, Art Muse Contest “Master” category, Sept.2016 & December 2017

Director’s Award, 1st annual Southeast Regional Competition, LaGrange Art Museum, Georgia 2016

Finalist, 8th Annual RayMar Fine Art Competition, September 2014

Award of Excellence, Columbus Artists' Guild Annual Competition, Columbus GA 2011.

G A L L E R Y R E P R E S E N T A T I O N

Red Bird Gallery, Seaside, Florida Anderson Fine Art Gallery, Saint Simons Island, Georgia

Hillary Whitaker Gallery, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida Two Sisters Gallery, Columbus, Georgia

C O L L E C T I O N S (partial list)

Baptist South Medical Center, Jacksonville, Florida Federal Reserve Bank, Jacksonville, Florida
Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona Adventist Health System, Atlanta, Georgia
Bank of America, Atlanta, Georgia Marriott Hotel, Columbus, Georgia
Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center, Jacksonville, FL The Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida

A B O U T T H E A R T I S T

Rani Garner is a career artist living in rural Georgia. Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Arizona State University and has been painting professionally since 1989. Early-morning walks down country roads are a major source of inspiration for her landscapes. She seeks out exceptional light, the main subject of her art. She is a frequent visitor to the Gulf Coast and an avid painter of coastal skies and water, prized by collectors who are reminded of their own meaningful moments of communion with light and what it symbolizes to them. Another artist has said of her work, “It is as if she has taken the best parts of a day and condensed them down into one single, perfect moment.”

Rani’s paintings are represented by galleries throughout the Southeast and she has exhibited widely in both solo and group shows. Her work is included in the collections of Baptist South Medical Center, Federal Reserve Bank, Baptist MD Anderson, Bank of America and the Marriott Hotel.

A R T I S T ‘ S S T A T E M E N T

I am fascinated by light in the landscape and am inspired to paint whenever I encounter exceptional light. I seek it out in the early morning or evening, favoring extreme contrasts of light and dark. I create this contrast right at the outset by wiping out the light areas on the toned canvas, creating the drawing with a rag—my favorite stage of the painting process. I also enjoy using a painting knife, which works especially well depicting moving water.

I am always trying to heighten the drama and mystery of what was actually there before my eyes, wanting to make it more meaningful, more beautiful, and I do this by emphasizing the light. It is really the subject in most of my paintings, and I have a real reverence for it.