Hello and thank you for your interest! Here is a bit about me...

I grew up in Sturgis, Michigan surrounded by nature, and now live in Grand Rapids after studying illustration at Grand Valley State University. It wasn't until I starting creating paintings in nature, along the shoreline that I could be fully passionate about my work. The natural beauty of Lake Michigan and life within it's dunes evoked inspiration within me and is now my main subject.

My work is a reflection of my spiritual journey through life. Through my paintings, I capture the divine spirit, life and energy force that is within all forms and connects us all. With my work I hope to bring attention to the beauty in nature and it’s importance in our world.

I often listen to music while creating my work and its influence can be visually seen in my pieces through their movement. My paintings feel as if they are dancing and come to life with the patterns and rhythms I create with my strokes.  Like a metaphor for life, each piece I create has a natural flow to it, and all of the strokes connect and influence each other.  

The title for each piece are often affirmations that are usually influenced by situations in my life at the time of creating the piece. Their titles often mimic the visualization and animation of the piece, bringing it to life and creating deeper meaning. 

My work strives to bring attention to the importance of nature and the life that exists outside of our human world. I hope to positively influence others by bringing beauty, light, love, and inspiration to lives through my work, which is a reflection of my human experience.

 

I show my work at fine art festivals along the lakeshore and I am currently represented by Lafontsee Galleries of Grand Rapids and Douglas, MI, Somebody's Gallery in Petoskey, MI and Higher Art Gallery in Traverse City. To view my work in person please visit or set up an appointment with the galleries.

Feel free to contact me with an questions about my work, and commission possibilities.

 

CONTACT

269 779 2225

Contactrandiford@gmail.com

Lafontsee Galleries - Grand Rapids and Douglas, MI

Somebody's Gallery - Petoskey, MI

Higher Art Gallery - Traverse City

 

AWARDS

2016

Honorable Mention - West Michigan Art Competition - Lowell Arts!

2015

Best in Show - Traverse City's Outdoor Art Fair - Crooked Tree Arts

James Boyce Family Award - Waterfront Invitation Art Fair - Saugatuck Douglas Art Club

 

2014

Mayor's Award - Waterfront invitational Art Fair -Saugatuck Douglas Art Club

 

2013

Best in Show Award - Art on the Riverfront Fine Arts Show - Gallery Uptown

Poster Contest Award - Art on the Riverfront Fine Arts Show - Gallery Uptown

 

2012

Merit Award - The Magazine of Contemporary Illustration 

Honorable Mention - Ad Campaign - Associated Collegiate Press Advertising Awards

1st, 2nd and 3rd place -Single Ad Award - Michigan Press Association

 

STORES

Somebody's Gallery - Petoskey, MI

Lafontsee Galleries - Grand Rapids/Dougals, MI

Gather - Bloomington, IN

Homespun: Modern Handmade - Indianapolis, IN