Richard Boyd Art Gallery

Randy Eckard

Randy Eckard ~ ‘ Century Later’ ~ Original Watercolor 20.5″ x 14″ $ 3800

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. Randy’s watercolors capture the timeless beauty and charm of Maine’s architecture and landscapes.

For the second year in a row, Randy was selected by “STATE 23 MEDIA staff in collaboration with a jury panel of art experts” as one of Maine’s most noteworthy artists for “Maine Home and Design Magazine’s artmaine Annual Guide.”  Winning over 190 awards for his paintings in watercolor throughout New England and the Southeast, his work is widely collected and included 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.

Randy Eckard ~ ‘ Garage Window’ ~ Original Watercolor 8″ x 12″ $1800

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.

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 ~ ‘Willing to Dream’ ~ Original Watercolor 14″ x 20.5″ $3800

Randy Eckard ~ ‘Come Around’ ~ Original Watercolor 12″ x 8″ $1600

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Randy Eckard ~ ‘Was Just Here’ ~ Original Watercolor 12″ x 8″ $1600

Randy Eckard ~ ‘From Another Time’ ~ Original Watercolor 21″ x 15″ $4200

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Randy Eckard ~ ‘Late Summer Splendor’ ~ Original Watercolor 8″ x 12″ $1900.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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