Randy Leibowitz Dean, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1954. Studied fine art at the Community College in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, The Philadelphia College of Art in Philadelphia and Broward County Community College in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. In addition, she gives credit to many inspirational and talented teachers.
As a teenager Randy excelled in figure drawing and drew portraits in malls and festivals. She sold her work in local shows in the Philadelphia area. In the 1970's Randy's work included original hand painted fabric made into pillows and other decorative items. After settling in South Florida, Randy continued studying the figure and began developing her oil painting techniques. A one-woman show in Fort Lauderdale in 1993 began her Florida exposure.
Recruited to help a house painter give depth to his basic wall design gave way to years of perfecting finishing techniques, color mixing, mural and trompe l'oeil work. Randy worked through decorators and designers and was commissioned to create art on the walls in a Nursing Home / Rehab business in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. At this time she established the 'Art on Walls Project' - Dedicated to involving people living in institutions in the creative process, emphasizing art and communication as a healing and nurturing endeavor. In one section of the nursing home a 100 foot detailed mural took almost one year to complete. At the same nursing home murals on the Alzheimer's floor were painted to give the illusion of shelving with items familiar to the residents.
As a board member of Broward Art Guild in Fort Lauderdale, Randy was able to continue her fine art, compete in art competitions and learn from a fine group of talented artists. She met with a group once a week for life drawing study.
In 2003 her figurative painting was juried into the Paradise City Arts Festival. Following that Randy traveled extensively in outdoor and indoor art shows from her new home in North Carolina to Pennsylvania, Georgia and Florida.
In 2012 while reworking a painting, Randy went a bit to far and dug deep into the wood, her favorite substrate. It was a pivotal moment for her, leading to classes in carving, purchasing power tools and learning from a variety of fine woodworkers. Her carved wood art has been accepted into juried shows and has won many awards.
Since 2008 Randy has partnered with UMAR Arts Center in Charlotte, teaching art techniques to adults with developmental disabilities. www.umarinfo.com