Randall Heppner is a self-taught artist from Prince George. He lives and creates art in his home where he finds comfort and inspiration in the nature surrounding the Prince George area.
Randall was exposed to the arts for as long as he can remember. Now in his late 50s, Randall started painting and experimenting with colour in his 20s, using distinctive methods, and different mediums from oil and watercolour to charcoal, pencils and pastels – honing his self-taught skills and mastering his one of-a-kind style of painting.
In June 2017, members of CLBC’s Board touring AiMHi were introduced to Randall, who is supported by AiMHi for self-employment. AiMHi staff help Randall with business planning, selling his paintings and production of art cards, which are sold at two local stores stores.
Randall has a unique eye for colour and a signature style that consists of bright, colour-inspired pieces depicting the nature and seasons of northern British Columbia. He produces a handful of remarkable pieces each year that capture the north and connect his viewers to the place he calls home.
A man of few words, in this short interview CLBC catches up with Randall who talks about his art, his business and himself.
Q: Please tell me a little about yourself.
I live in Prince George, B.C. I like to walk and do my artwork. It won’t be long until I can retire! I used to work real hard for a living, working in the bush, now I do artwork.
Q: When did you become an artist?
Thirty years ago. I used to just do it as a hobby, now I do it for a living.
Q: What got you interested in art?
My mother did artwork so I picked it up naturally. I just like doing it.
Q: Have you always been a painter or have you worked with other mediums?
Yes. I have worked in charcoal, pastel pencils, water color and oil paint.
Q: Do you make a living from your art?
My artwork is side money, but I work hard because the cost of living is high.
Q: How do you currently sell your art? If someone was interested in purchasing a painting from you, how would they do it?
The name of my business is Tree Sap Art Work. The support I receive through AiMHi helps me sell greeting cards and paintings. I also sell greeting cards on consignment at Topaz Bead Gallery and Books & Company in Prince George.
Note: people outside of Prince George can purchase paintings or cards from Randall by calling Roberta Chartrand at AiMHi’s Infinite Employment Solutions at 250-564-6408.
Q: Do you have a website where you display your art?
No, I don’t. I will soon have a Facebook Page for Tree Sap Artwork.
Q: What is your favourite thing about painting?
It’s very pleasing. Once I get to it, I can make up to three pieces at a time! I feel very successful.
Q: Any advice for people who are interested in being an artist but maybe haven’t gotten started yet?
That’s a tough one. Do what you’re good at: just think of something positive and follow through. Do something that people like.
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