14 Sep RAA presents artist Randy Sexton for the October
The demonstration is on Wednesday, October 2 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm in Art Studio One. Doors open at 12:30 am, and the program begins at 1:00 pm. There will be a 20 minute break at 2:00 pm with refreshments and an opportunity to talk with the artist.
Randy will do a portrait of a volunteer so that the painting is done directly from life instead of from a photo reference. This portrait will demonstrate how close to sculpture this two dimensional medium can be. A lot of people respond to the brushwork on his paintings.
Randy’s spontaneous approach to life is shown when one day recently a scheduled model was unavailable for a weekly drawing session at his studio. Undaunted, Sexton simply walked across the street to the neighborhood bar and asked one of the patrons if he was interested in posing for a small fee. A portrait titled SHELDON was born.
Sexton is a true believer in painting from life and “being in the moment,” even if that moment takes him back in time to depicting an old-fashioned record player or radio. Being in the moment allows him to be connected with all five senses and to translate what is before him with his signature loose, expressive brush strokes.
A plein air painter, the Golden State’s natural wonders, as well as the rich cultural and artistic heritage of the San Francisco Bay area, is an important inspiration for Sexton. He is an enthusiastic student of the early California Impressionists, the Society of Six, and the Bay Area Figurative Movement, for works by Richard Diebenkorn. Like Diebenkorn, Sexton is known for cruising back and forth along the border between abstraction and realism. Randy has created series centered around subjects such as barbershops, Cuban streets, dog walkers, and industrial landscapes. “Working on a series, you can explore a theme in a way you can’t do otherwise,” Sexton says.
Sexton’s studio is located in the small town of Crockett, about 30 miles northeast of San Francisco in a former Nash Motors car dealership, Crockett is the kind of place Sexton finds comfortable and familiar because it is reminiscent of the East Coast and towns he once knew in Connecticut, where he was raised.
For more of Randy’s art, visit his website: http://http://www.rcsexton.com.