Artist Statement: I prefer painting from life. All of my still life paintings are from a shelf set up in front of me in my studio. Landscapes are done plein air or from a photograph. My plein air paintings are generally small and studio landscapes are generally large. Northern Michigan’s difficult weather will have me paint inside when I would much rather be in the woods and along the river.
I paint self portraits because it is very good practice. I’ll set up a mirror next to my easel, and I become my own subject. I would like to claim all my portrait work is from life, but this is just not the case. What I do is use a photo and draw freehand from it. I have worked very hard and learned to draw and gain a likeness this way. I believe this is what people like and want. A painting can look too much like a photograph, and this is not what I want. I like the look of paint.
I have a small studio next to my home and live there with my wife Becky near the town of Grayling Michigan. I use my middle name Randolph on my paintings.
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