Carmen interviews oil painter Patti Randle in her home studio. Art was always part of Patti’s life. As a young girl, Patti would draw whatever was around her: the border collie that was her best friend, the rabbits her parents bought for her and her sister, the family car, her parents. When her younger sister came along, she drew her. Read more below the video…
Her father was an avid amateur painter who eventually became an accomplished oil painter of animals and landscapes. As a teenager, Patti and her father would set up easels and paint together. She learned a lot, she says, from her father’s encouragement, criticism, and love for art… and from his advice on life. “Do what you love,” he would tell her. And she loved painting.
She found a passion for painting people, for she says each one has a story to tell. The hardest part in any painting, Patti says, is knowing when to step away, to call a painting finished. “They are never finished but at some point each painting has said all it must say. If I were to paint them the next year, they might have a different story to tell.” Today she describes her art as intense creativity.
Patti first showed her art at Fort Worth Arts Goggle, a show that stretches along twenty blocks in the heart of Southside Fort Worth, just south of downtown and in an eclectic emerging residential and commercial area that encourages and inspires art and artists. She was sponsored by various restaurants in Arts Goggle for three years. When she decided to retire from accounting and moved to Middle Tennessee to be close to her family, she found Spring Hill Art Walk and has participated in that event for three years. It was during that first show that her daughter met Nancy Hilgert, who eventually invited Patti to become a member of Women Artists of Middle Tennessee.
Carmen heads to Grant Cooley’s home studio to talk with him about his artwork. When asked to describe his work he replies, “My work, whether I knew it or not, has always been focused on the spaces in Between; the Realms between Light and Shadow. Through primarily Figurative images, I continue to explore this vista and hope to bring Beauty to the Corrupt and Connection to the Ethereal.”