Size: 12"W x 24"H x 0.75"D
Year Created: 2017
Ready to Hang
This was painted on June 18th at our local park. We were there painting on "INTERNATIONAL SUNDAY." People came by to meet us and see what we were doing. A friend had his telescope set for viewing of the Sun in all it brightness, but with the lens that allowed us not to ruin our eyes. It was a great day of bringing some attention to the Sun.
Randy started painting back in 1973, when he saw an art exhibit at the library in Anniston. He was so fascinated by the way the artist painted and wanted to create beautiful things. That Art Exhibit was by Marion Freeman of Weaver. He talked to her and she invited him to come to her studio. He began going once a week and started painting in oils. After becoming frustrated at the drying-time for oils, he tried Acrylic paint and never looked back. That became the medium of choice for him. He left the library and began teaching at Trinity Christian Academy, of Oxford,and his first class had Tony Bolton of Bolton Chiropractic as one of his students. The principal asked him to move to the elementary school and he taught sixth grade, first and then moved to fifth grade, next to Anita Ambrister. They became fast friends and shared many years of working at the same school. Randy taught Art in school for eighteen years. Many of his students went on to win State Competitions and competed and won Nationally. He was often called upon to judge Art for State Competitions. Since that was not enough, he taught classes on weekends at the local Hobby Lobby. As you can see, a large portion of his life has been devoted to Art and Creativity. He has also written and illustrated a children’s book, “Sleepytown.” That book is still available for purchase from Amazon.com. He created and wrote a craft book that was published by Plaid Enterprises. It was a very popular craft resource for a number of years. He continues to write and is coming out with a NEW book for teachers in April of 2017. That book features lessons that will bring that special something to any teacher’s classroom, especially creativity and writing. That book involves reading, writing, and drawing. His favorite artist include Vincent van Gogh, Michelangelo, and Da Vinci. Randy has conducted Writer’s Workshops and has been a featured presenter at educational conventions in Alabama and Tennessee. He has taught Calligraphy and Painting at Oxfords’ own local Art Gallery. He was also an officer for the State of Alabama in the field of Public Libraries and Young Adult Books. His television claim to fame is dedicated to the time he was selected for a cook-off in Birmingham, Alabama. He, along with nine other people prepared their special “Budget Dishes” on television and the winner received a special prize. Randy did not win, but he had a blast cooking on television. It is very different cooking while talking to viewers. He has also given cooking demonstrations at Saks High School for their Home Economics Classes.