Born out of a deep concern for environmental conservation Kevin Raines’ landscapes reflect his love of the outdoors and explore the wildness of nature. Many of the images he paints are a result of collaborative work with individuals and organizations in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia: The Nature Conservancy, UNESCO, The Audubon Society, Adirondack Council, and The Wildlands Network.
For the past 25 years, Kevin has been working collaboratively with these organizations to identify unique biological webs and rare ecosystems and learn about their regional and global significance. Accompanying researchers into the field or exploring alone, he accesses a site by foot or boat in order to sketch and paint en plein air in the field. Through this process of research and physical immersion within the landscape, Kevin infuses site specific ecological, botanical, and geological information into each image. Thus blending his artistic response to nature’s beauty with the land forms and living organisms that make each site unique.
“The images on this web site reflect the global foresight and efforts of many visionary people who work to preserve and share our natural heritage. My art is created and offered with deep gratitude to nature’s keepers and protectors and to the many individuals who have become friends, valued colleagues in the field, and trusted story tellers. To those who believe in acorns, thank you for saving and sharing this great force and extraordinary beauty for my children and their children’s children.”- Kevin Raines