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Gallery: Artist Randy Honerlah – Nov. 2014 [8 Images] Click any image to expand.
HLB: How do you create your masterpieces?RH: I love painting from photographs, either my own or those courtesy of friends. I then prepare the canvas with a few coats of gesso and depending on the look I want to create, I may use an under-painting of cadmium red, or another complementary color. I sketch out the larger outlines and then paint away! When completed, a painting will have many layers of glazes and textures.
HLB: You chose a very technical career—can you describe the relationship between your art and your then day job?RH: During my career there was little opportunity to follow [my creative] calling; now that I’m retired, it has turned into my passion. When time did allow, I continued my art training with local artists. I’m really enjoying flexing the creative side now!
HLB: Have you ever been “blocked” as a painter?RH: There have been times where I’m in the middle of a painting, usually abstract, and I second-guess what I’m doing and myself. Looking through other artist’s work and how they approached their art always inspires me to see another way, or a color or composition that I could move to.
HLB: How did your art progress into your current impressionistic and abstract styles?RH: After retiring and knowing I was going to jump in with both feet, I thought a lot about which styles and genres I’m most attracted to. I thought that abstracts were more contemporary and that acrylics would achieve the look I wanted. After painting abstracts for a few years, I decided, with the urging of some friends, that I should paint something they could more easily relate to. My landscapes are recognizable and have the painterly look I’ve always admired with the impressionists. I guess one would say my style is now melding into abstract-impressionism.
HLB: You grew up in the Bay Area. What attracted you to the foothills?RH: My wife, Sharon, and I love the foothills for its beauty, history, fun-loving people and overall sense of community. The vibrancy of the local art and artists is really exciting and another aspect of why [I call the] foothills home. Oh, and the wineries are fantastic!
HLB: Is their anything you would have done differently?RH: There were times when I desperately wanted to paint and I didn’t make the effort, or I kept making excuses for not getting started. If you want to create something, don’t wait for everything to be “just right”—go for it!
For more information, visit honerlahfineart.com.