In the first half of the 1970's Don Rankin attended night classes at the SA School of Art, studying drawing and printmaking, while teaching mathematics during the day. He subsequently taught himself to paint and "This is now" is his thirteenth solo exhibition of paintings.
Rankin's paintings are anchored in the world of visual experience. He deliberately restricts himself to subjects in which he can realise his own ideals of beauty – small canvases depicting objects arranged on shelves and larger canvases depicting flowers (usually poppies) arranged in abstract patterns on the studio floor.
The material qualities of the paint and a full range of colours are essential elements of Rankin's aesthetic. He believes that the experience of looking at art should be uplifting to the human spirit and should urge us to think again about the world we thought we knew.