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Artist Ann Trainor Domingue finds happy inspiration in the day-to-day of New England life
The index cards are small and plain, each inscribed with a simple word or phrase: “painterly,” “together,” “busy patterns woven in,” “Don’t think — paint!” The mes- sages are scattered across a wall in painter Ann Trainor Domingue’s Goffstown, New Hampshire, studio like
droplets of paint flung from a brush. “I see everything in the world
as a potential subject, so I need some way to focus my energies,”
Domingue says. “I tack these cards up so I can see them when I’m
working. They’re little visual reminders to stay on track, particularly
when I’m getting ready for an exhibition and need to produce a large
body of work. And I use the white side. I don’t like the lines; too struc-
tured,” she says with a smile.
This whimsical approach to project management is typical of
Domingue. A graphic designer for more than 30 years, she loves to
experiment — with words, subject matter, media, and techniques.
Domingue was drawn to art from an early age and opted for a career in
written by lori ferguson • photographed by russ mezikofsky
ann trainor domingue’s
“messy, friendly” style of
painting is reflected in her
studio surroundings — a
dazzling jumble of brushes,
palette knives, sketchbooks,
and working canvases
interspersed with inspirational
images and phrases.