My artistic process involves multiple layers of various woods (basswood, beach, birch and pine plywood). A carved, three-dimensional piece is added onto a two-dimensional surface, blended to create yet another dimension and a bit of surprise, or layering plywood in a way that can be carved with power tools and hand carving knives into a free standing sculpture. This process has evolved over the years, as result of my natural eagerness to experiment, combined with my innate intuition with respect to the wood. Composition, value and texture are a challenge with added surfaces, and I enjoy being pushed in this direction.
RANDY L. DEAN
WOOD CARVING & PAINTING
Randy has enjoyed a varied and interesting creative path since her artistic career began in the 1970’s. Finding early success in figure drawing and portraiture, she also became well known for her hand painted fabrics that were transformed into one of kind decorative items for the home. After settling in South Florida, she continued studying the figure and began developing her oil painting technique. A one-woman show in Fort Lauderdale lead to a period of working with interior designers on residential and commercial projects requiring intricate finishing techniques, color mixing, murals, and trompe l’oeil work.
During one such undertaking at a Fort Lauderdale nursing home, Randy founded the “Art on Walls Project.” Dedicated to involving people living in institutions in the creative process, it emphasized art and communication as part of the healing and nurturing endeavor. In one area, a 100’ mural took nearly a year to complete. In another area focusing on patients with Alzheimer’s, smaller murals were painted to give the illusion of shelving with items familiar to the residents.
As a board member of Broward Art Guild in Fort Lauderdale, Randy was able to continue in fine art as well, with her figurative painting being juried into the Paradise City Arts Festival. She also traveled extensively in outdoor and indoor art shows from her new home in North Carolina to Pennsylvania, Georgia and Florida.
Since 2007, Randy has concentrated on gallery work, spending more time in the studio and teaching. She currently partners with UMAR Arts Center in Charlotte, NC teaching adults with developmental disabilities.
Randy studied Fine Art at the Community College in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia College of Art, and Broward County Community College in
Fort Lauderdale, Florida. In addition, she gives credit to many inspirational and talented private teachers.