About the Artist

I was initially interested in creating and drawing at a young age, and then as I got older and pursued painting in photorealism for a number of years, I found it to be somewhat restrictive. Although I was a multi-media artist who created some wonderful pieces of art in watercolor, pastel, charcoal and acrylics, it felt so much like my subject matter required me to “stay within the lines” and ultimately, I found my interests moving toward abstract art. This allowed me the creativity and freedom that the right side of my brain was looking for. Once I recognized it, I was consumed with even more passion to create. It was like I was on fire. Art was all that I thought about, and it was fun! My passion soared and I have not looked back. This was not an early awakening process though. It took years for me to get to this point.

Since I had a demanding career in healthcare for a number of years, my desire to further pursue art took a back seat. I was fortunate enough to travel a great deal and this allowed me the opportunity to see so much of life’s beauty and interact with many walks of life. But, despite all the joys that my career and travel provided, it was when I spent time with patients and a close family member who was struggling with memory issues that I realized how much color and creativity impacts our daily lives. In looking through the eyes of those with mental illness, or those struggling with health issues, it sheds light on the importance of color in their world. 

My love for art took on a whole new meaning. It’s not only the act of painting, but the process that leads to the wonderful feeling when one appreciates the final result. And I saw this in the eyes of the very sick. The smiles that color would bring and the emotion that art would express was so inspiring.

My works of art have proudly been displayed in hospitals, medical offices, local businesses and in art shows, as well as hang proudly in the home of collectors. The biggest joy I receive is imbedded in “the love of art” and not in the sale of the piece, all while appreciating those individuals who SEE and FEEL something special in what I have created. 

After years of attending conferences and trade shows, and learning techniques from many great artists, the most important thing I learned is this – the basics are important, just as is using the right tools, but in the end, in order to find my own style, I found that I don’t always need to follow anyone else’s rules. And that is fine, as long as the end result conveys what I was intending. I paint based on an emotion and I like strong contrasts in colors. I take into consideration the mood and the message I want to convey. I try to keep the process simple, and affordable for all who want to purchase what I create, all while my being able to enjoy the journey along the way.

So when I create, I immerse myself into a design process or theme or emotion that I’d like to convey. I need to be enthusiastic about what I create or the outcome will be lacking in emotion. The diversity about what I create and how I paint it keeps me stimulated. Many times I’m looking to create organic looking pieces of art, or to take one on an astrological journey, or simply to play off of the meaning of shapes and colors to relaxing amongst the sand and warm waters. For the many individuals who have enjoyed my art, I believe color is truly a key component in stealing the show. People may not know what it is about abstract art they like, many times it’s simply the color that draws them in; other times it’s the color, design and/or composition. But for me, it’s about expression and emotion. What does this piece of art convey, how does it make me or them feel? Do I see the same thing as the observer and does it emote any emotion in me or them? 

Cathleen Randolph

for the love of art,