At the Celebration of Fine Art it’s not uncommon to see lineage reflected in the artwork, and the same holds true for the actual artists. Just ask the father/son duo Kirk and James Randle who do in fact share the same genes, but have differing views when it comes to art.
Kirk Randle, a CFA 21-year-veteran, is known mostly for his country homesteads, impressionist landscapes, desert vistas and Native American subjects. He calls himself “one of the old dogs” and can remember when his son James, then 9-years-old, would visit him at the show in the early days. Now they’ve both morphed – James into a professional artist and Kirk into the artist he is today.
“This place is a metamorphic environment,” Kirk said. “As you show here you just keep growing artistically and business wise, stretching into projects you never dreamed of. The artists and clients critique you…you don’t get that kind of feedback working in a studio.”
Now he’s proud to have his son sharing in the experience.
“I’m proud of him,” he said. “It’s his fourth year and I think he’s finally embraced this place and has found his own voice. We are totally different. We apply paint totally different. We have different concepts of art. He’s more architectural. I’m more organic. I’m a true landscape traditional painter, which is not what he is into.”
James said art was always something that came natural to him. Though his dad may have played a role in his career path, he said he always gave him the freedom to find his own voice.
“I was pretty lucky to have adventurous parents,” he said. “I guess you could say my dad did [spark an interest]. To calm me down he would always give me a pencil and some water colors.”
It’s clear they are both proud of one another. They have a hint of healthy competition, offer each other constructive critiques, but also send potential buyers to each other. While a couple collectors have works from both father and son, most of their respective collectors are quite different.
“He’s proud of what I’m doing so he always sends people my way,” James said. “His clientele is a little on the conservative side, so they don’t really seek out my style of paintings. My work tends to go in more modern, eclectic homes.”
Besides their DNA and appreciation of great art, they also share an admiration for the Celebration of Fine Art and the ability to build relationships with buyers.
“I really do well in this environment,” Kirk said. “And the connection between the clients…I’m able to connect directly with them and find out what they need. You don’t get that in a gallery.”