Not being one to shout, Kim Randleas’ paintings are a soft-spoken tribute to a fleeting moment; a bird about to take flight or a woodland creature’s quick glance.
Kim’s early childhood days were often spent drawing with found charcoal pieces or painting the landscapes with watercolors. Family outings were regularly in the mountains surrounding her hometown, where stories of early Native People were told. Lazy Sunday afternoons consisted of picnics and slow hikes; taking in the high desert views, but always keeping a lookout for obsidian chips indicating the location of an early Native’s flint knapping work.
Her childhood home offered further inspiration from a now well-worn coffee table book “Techniques of the Artists of the American West”, which featured twenty-one classic paintings of the American West. It included paintings by Frederic Remington, Joseph Henry Sharp, N.C. Wyeth, William Robinson Leigh, and Grace Hudson, among others, offering her first artistic influences.
Kim’s method starts with a meditative free flowing process. Working on meticulously prepared metallic surfaces of copper sheets or metallic leafed panels, she creates pleasing patterns and organic patinias. Once these patterns and patinas are created there is a quiet introspective process to compose the second phase, oil painting on the surface. Once the oil painting phase is complete, the piece is sealed to prevent the patina from further developing. Painting on copper is a time-tested technique popular among Dutch and Flemish artists in the 1600’s. Rembrandt painted one of his first self portraits “Rembrandt Laughing” on copper in 1628.
Kim was born in 1975 in Eastern Oregon. She started oil painting in 2015 and began her artistic career in 2016 when, on a whim, she entered an art exhibition, was accepted and took home the “People’s Choice” Award. Kim started working on metallic surfaces in 2018.
She lives and creates in her home studio outside Canyon City, Oregon enjoying the wildlife, extensive views, and solitude of her home nestled at the base of Canyon Mountain.