Randy McSwain Art Collections About
Influenced by his mom__™s stories of her friendship with slain civil rights activist Medger Evers, Randy McSwain always wanted to make a difference in this world. Encouraged by his artist mom, Audie Mae McMullan, and his aunt Dorothy Donegan, a noted jazz pianist, Randy set out to use his own artistic talents to create the kinds of images he grew up admiring. Largely using realism to portray people and places of strength, passion, vision and spirit, Randy's work also heavily reflects his love for nature, mostly in his abstract art.
Love for the arts
Alongside the positive pictures in his inner city area, Randy grew up witnessing the growth of gangs, drugs and violence on the eastside of Los Angeles. Two neighborhood artists, Herb and Emmett, helped direct Randy from these activities, introducing him to sculpturing with wood and plastic. Around the age of 12, Randy worked with the artists, one Jewish, one African American, learning how to use tools like chisels, planes, lathes and sanders to shape wood, and also molds to craft plastic into sculptures. The two artists also taught him that there are no color lines when it comes to people and art.
Meanwhile, ceramics, drawing and wood classes at Carver Junior High and Jefferson High School helped nurture his love for the arts. Through painting and other fine arts classes at Compton Community College and Cal State San Bernardino, Randy further developed his natural ability to create life on paper and canvas. He credits two other artists, Mr. Franks at Jefferson and Mr. Slater at Compton, with being the first instructors to recognize and develop the professional skills that would take Randy's paintings and drawings to new levels.
A variety of techniques and artforms
His ceramics instructor at Jefferson, Mrs. Manimoto, and his painting teacher, Brad Spence at Cal State, were instrumental in teaching Randy to appreciate and explore a variety of techniques and artforms. Mr. Spence was particularly influential in encouraging Randy to venture from realism into abstracts.
He also credits God for his gifts.
___I feel like God is holding my hand,___ he says. ___He__™s leading and guiding me to do these things. It__™s like inspiration and He__™s putting it down for me.
___Some people say you__™re the master painting the picture. I say God is the one who__™s gifted me so He must be leading me to make a difference.___
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