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Working in a precise realistic style in oils, Randy feels compelled to portray animals in their most noble character which requires adding a dimension beyond merely duplicating photos of animals in sometimes awkward compositions. "I love to create moods, the use of dramatic light sources, and rich colors tastefully mixed. I feel compelled to count feathers or scales and to feel the fur on live wolves before I paint them. The perfectionist in me sleeps a little better - even if a little extra accuracy goes unnoticed. You have to be more than disciplined; you have to be driven."
Randy has a good number of mounted animals and birds in his studio that he uses for reference as well as a large file of photos that he has taken. "My favorite photo endeavor was that of a Siberian White Tiger from 2 feet away. I've had everything from baseballs to live bear cubs knock paintings off my easel." Sometimes he takes hikes through the woods or swamps to photograph significant flora and fauna. "It's no fun getting swamp muck all over your jeans because you can't broad jump as far as you could 20 years ago - but it goes with the turf (or lack thereof).
Randy's studio faces the woods near the scenic town of Acworth (the Lake City) in the metro Atlanta area. He resides there with his wife, Cheryl, and their three children. Besides his daily painting, he also steers his company comprised of 10 employees. When he wants to get away, Randy heads to his log cabin in the country where he can always observe turkeys and geese and do some fly fishing. "I'm very thankful to all my collectors for their support over the years and especially to the Good Lord and all he has given to me and blessing me with the talent" - "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." (Philippians 4:13)
"Hitting the Trail" © Randy McGovern
"On the Road Again" © Randy McGovern
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