Williiam Rainey is much more than a photographer. He is a force of the very nature he admires so greatly. He’s an explorer, an adventurer, a mountain climber, a sailor, a fisherman, and ultimately the consummate outdoorsman. His passion for nature and all its components has allowed him to stretch his limitations – to search out and capture the most rapturous and elegant elements of the outdoors at the most precious of moments, and all of this can be found in his work.
In 2007 Rainey took a basic photography course at Mena Art Gallery. Since then, his skill and his relentless nature to capture the most dramatic and captivating has grown by leaps and bounds, winning him a collection of impressive awards.
In Mena Art Gallery*s 2008 Photography Show, Rainey*s image of a coiled western diamondback rattler won First Place in the animal category. His work has since earned awards in shows sponsored by the Caddo River Art Guild of Arkadelphia, the Cossatot River Arts and Crafts Association at King Arkansas, and many of the shows at Mena Art Gallery. Two of Rainey*s images appear in the 2010 issue of Capture Arkansas.
Rainey says of his passion for photography, “It allows me to capture the natural beauty of Arkansas and share it with others. Now when I go on an outdoor adventure, I can capture what I see and bring it back with me. I don*t have to rely on words to tell others what I experienced, I can show them.”
Rainey's work is on display at the Chopping Block Steakhouse which is owned by he and his wife, Sherri.
Recently, Rainey has begun offering private instruction for photographers as well as guided day trips to scenic spots in the Ouachita Mountains surrounding Mena and the Buffalo River area of northern Arkansas. http://www.buffaloriverphotos.com.
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