I met Randel on Twitter and thought his prints and collages are very cool and unique! Randel told me “I remember drawing at a very early age. I think that the people around help me develop and grow as an artist. I mostly work in collage, printmaking and photography. I have a BFA in printmaking for Northern Kentucky University. I live and work in Northern Kentucky as a visual artist. When I’m not creating art I enjoy playing music, collecting mid-century modernist stuff, collecting first edition books and entertaining.” Sounds like really fascinating collections Randel has. I bet we jewelry artisans would be very inspired by the mid-century modernist stuff!
This is the best part of what I love about Randel’s collages. This technique really adds an abstract element to his work. “In my collage work I love using found items such as pages from old books, the inside patterns from security envelopes, printed tracing paper, letters or whatever else I might find and am drawn to. I love going to thrift stores to search for things to use in my work.”
I sell my collages and photographs on my blogs and also in galleries. Right now I have a few etchings and lithographs on Etsy and occasional I will post work on ebay.”
I asked Randel what his future plans are for his artwork. He told me, “I hope to be attending graduate school in the spring to get my MFA in printmaking. I am also planning an online business where I can curate and sell photographs from photographer around the world at very affordable prices.”
I asked Randel if he has any other creative outlets. “I used to create and design jewelry years ago. I love working with metals, especially silvers. I also enjoyed cutting gemstones. There is a lot of beautiful agate in Kentucky. Looking for it was as much fun cutting it open to find out what’s inside.”
This is currently my favorite but I have not yet had time to look at all of Randel’s prints so I might change my mind…but this one is totally cool!
And my favorite question of all my Featured Artisans Monday, what and/or who inspires you. Randel told me, “I find inspiration in many places. The work of other artists inspires me, and also the materials I find and use in my collages. Someone once told me that all artists are vessels, they take in everything around them. I believe that.” I completely agree with you, Randel. My sister-in-law once told me “You really see the world differently than the non-artistic person.”
Randel’s artwork can be found at several sites on the web:
A Collage A Day
R. Plowman Photography
R. Plowman Studios Flickr
R. Plowman Studios Etsy
R. Plowman Twitter
Thanks, Randel! I look forward to seeing your future creations