Deborah Randall’s work will be featured at our 2015 Art of Giving Gala, September 17 in Portland.
Deborah Randall taught art in institutions all around the Northeast before moving to Maine in 1999 to teach at Colby College. In 2011, she opened her own studio and gallery, Deborah Randall Fine Art, in Kennebunk’s Lower Village, where she shows and sells impressionistic seascapes and coastal landscapes, as well as a selection of small figurative and abstract paintings.
Where did the abstract and figurative work come from?
I went to undergraduate school in the Bay Area (at California College of Art), so the paintings of some of the Bay Area Figurative Movement painters were an influence. I responded to the use of color and texture in David Park and Richard Diebenkorn’s paintings and experimented with abstraction in graduate school.
Why do you think your paintings become more naturalistic after you moved to Maine in 1999?
I think it was simply being more cognizant of the light and the changing seasons. I grew up in the Washington, D.C. area, but spent many years in California. I missed the seasons, and the colors you get along the coast are incredible. It’s just a matter of being able to slow down and observe nature. I live about three miles from the beach, so I get to walk along the shore every day.
Most of the paintings in your gallery seem to be York County coastal landscapes. How did you happen to paint the Acadia landscape you submitted to the Art of Giving?
I love to go camping, and one of my favorite places to camp is Mount Desert Island. I did that painting in the studio based on a sketch I did at Acadia. I was responding to the color and the light, and the splash and crash of the waves is relaxing and mesmerizing. I particularly like the foamy look of the water. I was just trying to capture a moment in time. I’m inspired by Maine, but I’m not trying to paint an exact spot. I’m more interested in evoking Maine.
Why did you choose the Ecology School in Saco to benefit from the donation of your painting?
I have an appreciation for the environment, ecology, and preserving the natural landscape. By painting the landscape I hope I am helping others appreciate it. The tourists who come to the gallery are almost all from out of state, and they come here for the natural beauty. Preserving Maine for the future is important. The Ecology School helps educate children about that.