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"Composition is everything..."
Influenced by Van Gogh, Diebenkorn, diSuvero, and MC Escher, Randy Smith's style captures the essence of moments and places. Painting on sidewalks, ocean beaches, and riverbanks, Smith has shaped his own form of neo- impressionism and fauve, mixed with the environmental elements... the wind, sun, rain, and snow... which usually accompany his process.
He began his art journey at the University of New Mexico (BFA '77), and has been a Plein Air Painter since 1987, A favorite subject is the Batteau-- boats that were once popular int he 1700s, and now still built for events on Virginia's James River.
Oil is the only paint to hold up to the elements..."
Most of Randy's works are oil-on-wood, and because he works in environments rather than a studio, he prefers paintings that are small enough to carry around streets, on boats, and in the subways of Manhattan. He prefers oval paintings, but much of his work is also done on squares and rectangles.