Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Featured Exhibitor: Randall Peterson Designs


Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Randall Peterson and I have enjoyed creating my artworks in the style of pointillism since 1989. During this time, I have created over 250 pieces that are part of my collection of art, commissioned projects and more. My wife Kathleen and I reside in Forest Lake, Minnesota and have for over 40 years.

How did you get started in your business?
I have been in the graphic arts/publishing industry for over 50 years and retired from the industry in December 2021. While working full time in the graphic arts/publishing industry, I started my artwork business in 1989. I started with a collection of artwork that included lighthouses and points of interest from all over the United States. I also have a collection of commissioned projects that are included in my portfolio of artwork. I have always had the desire to draw and in the style of pointillism. My creativity brought me into a great state of meditation. My original drawings take me 36 to 50 hours to complete.

Have you always been passionate about art and design?
What my artwork has brought to me - Over the years, I have come to understand the true meaning and value of passion, patience, and persistence in life. These qualities when combined together bring any vision to life. Whether I am speaking to a group of art students or folks who stop by at my art shows, it is my focus to let it be known that we all have our special gifts. With passion, patience, and persistence any dream of creativity is born.

What are some inspirations for your work?
We all inspire one another. It is the inspiration and the encouragement from the hearts of others that make creating so very special. Each one of us has a gift within whether it is drawing, painting, photography, theater, dancing, singing, etc… I absorb from all this what others have to offer. Creativity inspires creativity. It is an unending process of learning and sharing which is something that I enjoy most in life.

What motivates you to create?
To create as an artist is only half of the joy. The other half comes in the sharing and in the inspiring of dreams to flow freely from the hearts of all. To believe is how all creativity originates. The fulfillment of following an inner vision from beginning to end opens the heart to great awareness of what lives within. This is what I hope to inspire as you look through my artworks. To envision walking the streets or smelling the flowers, feeling the sea breeze or touching a stoned structure. To be free to dream is my dream for you.

What is the latest thing you have been working on?
As any traditional artist, we try to find our creativity in a style and medium that we like to work in. Whether it is in watercolor, oil paints, pastels, pencil, charcoal, mixed media, it is all in the heart of the creator. For many years, I have been creating in the style of pointillism using the medium of pen and ink. In recent years, I have added watercolor to combine with the pen and ink.

What do you love most about the process of creating a piece?
Whenever I create a piece of artwork, it becomes me and I become it. This joining as one between artist and subject brings great calmness to the heart as if being alive in a dream. I am in the artwork walking the grounds of a castle or climbing the steps of a lighthouse. This connection heightens as the art piece nears completion. One of the greatest joys is to witness the smiles and happiness these creations bring to others.

Will you be featuring any special holiday items?
I will be working on a composition that will be a part of this holiday season scheduled to be completed by October 1st. I do have many favorites in my collection but 3 of my favorite are - Beneath the Stone Arch Bridge, Cathedral of Saint Paul, and The Six Pence Pub.

Artist Statement

It starts with a dream. Keep your dreams alive whatever they may be. always hold hope and never give up. From journeys in the pursuit of your dreams come the opportunities in your life.





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