Artist of the Month - Don TrainorArtist Reception: July 12th, 2014 | 4-7:00pm
Don’s interest in cars and the art form they represent began at an early age. Being raised in Southern California was a blessing to his experiencing the car culture as it evolved during the late fifties and early sixties.
He pursued the automotive industry as a profession. He started what would be a 35 year career with Sears Roebuck & Co. as a tire installer and worked his way up through the company. When Don retired from Sears he was General Manager of the Automotive Division. After retirement Don returned to college attending San Joaquin Delta College and became certified in Auto Collision repair. With his newly acquired training and his past managerial and mechanical background, Don started his own company, "Cars Classic".
Don’s company restored classic Cadillac’s returning them to their original beauty and mechanical condition. He became ICar certified and is a past member of the International Automotive Appraisers Association. He has appraised classic cars for private individuals, car collectors, insurance companies and the State of California.
Don’s interest in creating works of art began after fully retiring from his business career. Going back to what he knows best, the automobile and drawing on his early passion for surfing, Don began painting his favorite subject, cars. Not just any cars but those cars from his past, wood side station wagons carrying their cargo of surfboards to the beach, hot rods that always captured his imagination and of course, the great classis and muscle cars of the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and beyond.
Don’s work is a unique presentation of an age old art form, reverse painting on glass. Using acrylic paint on the glass reveals the true luster of automotive finishes and chrome reflections that are unattainable on canvas. Each painting is a oneofakind with no prints or duplicates available.
His art work is owned by some of the most prestigious car collectors in America. Retired Judge Irv Axelrod, a docent of the Petersen Car Museum was one of Don’s first art patrons. Don’s paintings are in the collections of the Blackhawk Car Museum in Danville, CA, The San Diego Car Collection, and the Bakersfield Museum of Art which purchased one of Don’s paintings for their permanent collection. The United States Government also owns Don’s art. A painting of his entitled ‖Taps‖ is displayed in the conference room at the National Cemetery in Arvin, CA. The Maya Theater in Bakersfield has an enlarged copy of one of his paintings displayed on the side of their building. Don also has a painting in Jay Leno’s car collection.
Don’s art also has been commissioned and is owned and enjoyed by many private car collectors.