Randall was born into several generations of artists and raised in the suburban surroundings of
northern New Jersey. Despite winning awards while in High School, one awarded by Ben Shahn, he nevertheless found the decision to become a painter difficult. He joined the army at nineteen and after a tour of duty in Vietnam he decided that he had no choice but to become an artist. He began studying drawing, painting and sculpture in NYC at the National Academy of Fine Arts and then at the New York Studio School with Philip Guston, Mercedes Matter, Leland Bell, Peter Agostini and Sydney Geyst coming in contact with many of the leading figures in the, "Abstract Expressionist" movement at that time in New York.
He soon moved to Bennington, VT where he enjoyed the country landscape. Taking a night shift
position in order to paint by day, he also opened a small art supply and gallery in town and began working on both landscape and figurative subjects, exhibiting locally.
In the late seventies he relocated to Manhattan, sharing a loft in an old tobacco warehouse near
South Street Seaport with two artists he had known in Vermont. He continued to explore both figurative and city environments from subway bag ladies to scenes of his Fulton Fish Market neighborhood. He grew tired of city loft life and left for Newport, RI in 1981. The New England rocky coastline and seacoast became his new environment.
Changing mediums can be a process of discovery and can help an artist grow. The growth process is somewhat uncomfortable by necessity. Without growth and change, there is a
kind of death in repetition. It requires a kind of rebirth and seeing in new ways to remain both flexible
In 2004 he moved to Bluffton, South Carolina and is creating and universal and lowcountry imagery.
He has work is in both corporate and private collections