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.
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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.