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Randy Eckard

Randy Eckard ~ 'More Than Chance' ~ Watercolor on Paper 15" x 21"

Randy Eckard ~ ‘More Than Chance’ ~ Watercolor on Paper 15″ x 21″

Raised in North Carolina, Randy studied at the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida and the Haywood School of Craft in Clyde, North Carolina. A trained commercial and fine artist living in Blue Hill, Maine Randy’s career as a fine artist working exclusively with watercolors spans more than three decades.

Eckard is known for his use of light and shadow, with the subject of most of his paintings being light and how it defines and shapes the scene before him. His paintings are expertly detailed and draw the viewer in for a closer look. Randy’s paintings have won over 190 awards throughout New England and the Southeast. His paintings are widely collected and held in numerous private and corporate collections.

When asked about his career as an artist Randy replied, “I am closing in on forty years of working with watercolors. For several years I was fascinated by the versatility and wonder of drawing with pencil and pen and ink. An HB pencil, a kneaded eraser, and a sheet of bristol board, opened up a world of exploration in black and white. At the urging of a friend I tried adding watercolor to the early stages of my drawings, and was soon painting more than drawing. My love of drawing never diminished, and continues with quite detailed drawings in preparation for painting.

Inspirations pour in from the beautiful and dramatic coastline of Downeast Maine, where I have lived for the past twenty-five years. The drawings, watercolors, and tempera paintings of Andrew Wyeth, have guided and fostered my sensibilities for most of my years as a painter. Reading about the techniques of drybrush and glazing, brought to the forefront by Wyeth, revealed a method of working with watercolor where my love of drawing could be paired with my new-found love of watercolor.

Randy Eckard ~ "Pause To Reflect" ~ Watercolor on Paper 12" x 8"

Randy Eckard ~ “Pause To Reflect” ~ Watercolor on Paper 12″ x 8″

As a young boy, growing up in the Piedmont area of North Carolina, I began noticing and responding to the warm glow and cool, contrasting shadows of late afternoons. Those early observations of light would become the focus of my paintings. Light reveals the character, color, and texture of objects, whether man-made or natural, and the alternation of lighted and shadowed planes produce powerful repeated patterns and are an important element of design.

Early on I realized how quiet observation most always reveal the life of a subject, and I learned to pay attention to sparks of inspiration, often arriving unexpectedly during my solitary wanderings along the backroads of coastal Maine.”

Eckard said, a recent meeting with a couple from Florida, who subsequently purchased one of my paintings, summed up the essence of my work in one short sentence. “It looks wonderful, so blissfully relaxing and inviting, with a hint of mystery.”

 

 

Randy Eckard ~ "One Chance Only" ~ Watercolor on Paper 12" x 8"

Randy Eckard ~ “One Chance Only” ~ Watercolor on Paper 12″ x 8″

Randy Eckard ~ ‘Through Many Lives’ ~ Watercolor on Paper 12″ x 8″

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Randy Eckard ~ 'Come Around' ~ 12" x 8"

Randy Eckard ~ ‘Come Around’ ~ Watercolor on Paper 12″ x 8″

Randy Eckard ~ "Door Bells" ~ Watercolor on Paper 12" x 8"

Randy Eckard ~ “Door Bells” ~ Watercolor on paper 12″ x 8″

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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