Sylvia Randall  Biography:


I have sketched and painted my entire life. I got in trouble in elementary school for drawing on my blotter during class! As a teenager, I won an award in high school and again later, as a young adult, when I studied at the Montreal Museum of Art. I then chose a career as a clinical psychologist, raised three children, and my art was “put on hold”. I moved from Palo Alto, California to West Linn 3 years ago and, while I still enjoy a part time private practice as a therapist, have returned to my love of painting. I have joined a group of artists who paint and display their work at Sharon Stevenson’s” Cowgirl at Heart” studio in Milwaukie

Artist Statement :

Most of my paintings are 9"by11" framed and 16"by20" framed. I feel most comfortable working at a size where several images can be grouped on a larger space or one image can stand alone in a more contained space, and yet not dominate the room. My medium is the use of ink and watercolors. I usually start with a quick pencil sketch, followed by an ink drawing. Then, I add watercolors -- sometimes paint first, sometimes the paint is applied after a water wash. I work quickly and either the piece will go right in to the trash or it will get framed. I have sketched and painted my entire life. I got in trouble in elementary school for drawing on my blotter during class -- especially Latin class! In those days, I was obsessed with drawing horses, but now my favorite subject is the human body -- face or figure. I'm sure my love of drawing people is partly a result of a 40 year career as a psychotherapist. I suppose my philosophy of my art is combining the fascinating reality of how the image actually is, with some incompleteness that allows the viewer to make it theirs.

                                  
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