Art of the American West
Hidden In The Hills Art Studio Tour November 18, 19, 20 & 25, 26, 27, 2022
Celebration Of Fine Art Scottsdale, AZ January 14th -March 26th, 2023
After enjoying a long and successful career in illustration, graphic design, art direction and computer graphics, I decided to return to my first artistic love of painting and drawing. My professional art career has included oil, acrylic, watercolor, and chalk pastel paintings, as well as various drawing mediums, computer graphics and now sculpture.
I was born in Carlsbad, New Mexico and raised in Albuquerque. I attended Arizona State University, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design with a minor in painting.
After a summer of pure freedom traveling around the country living in the back of a Pinto stationwagon, I settled in Boulder, Colorado and worked as the Art Director for the Publications Department of the University of Colorado. After six years and numerous awards in graphic design and illustration, I moved back to Arizona to teach at ASU. I gradually built my own business and have watched the years fly by while creating in graphic design, illustration, fine art painting, portraiture, and printmaking.
Being one-eighth Cherokee and growing up in New Mexico surrounded by art created by Pueblo Indians, I have a deep- rooted respect for the Native American culture and I am fascinated with their ancestral beliefs and the exquisite craftsmanship and symbolic stylisation in their arts and crafts. Some of my other favorite subjects include ranch life, mountain men, wild west settlers, portraiture, landscapes and wildlife. I like to tell stories through my paintings—that’s part of the reason why I chose to focus on the West. I grew up surrounded by Western culture, it is a part of my soul.
The crackling, twisted flames of a roaring camp fire are one of the most enduring and romantic images of the West. Gazing into the ever-changing flickers of a glowing fire, your imagination can wander and you can feel the freedom of the wide open spaces that was so alluring to the daring and independent early explorers and settlers. Fire made life possible crossing the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains. Fire was life, fire was beauty, fire was passion.
Fire is so often related to passion and my passion is art. Twisted Fire comes from the many directions art has taken my life and now I am creating art that is close to my heart . . . my passion.
So I named my studio Twisted Fire, not only for the beautiful images it conjures up but also as a reminder of all that it took to get to this point.
My studio is in an earthy territorial-style home in the peaceful, magnificent foothills of the high Sonoran Desert in Cave Creek, Arizona. The growing artists community and an "Old West" character to the area make it a wonderful place to live and create art. Feel free to give me a call and stop by the studio to check out the newest paintings, drawings and sculpture.
An exciting time to visit my studio is during the annual local artists studio tour. Each year for six days total, the two weekends (Friday, Saturday & Sunday) before and after Thanksgiving, there is an art studio tour aptly named Hidden In The Hills with 45 to 50 art studios sprinkled throughout the desert. Twisted Fire Studio is part of the studio tour and it is a great time to come by to view works in progress, buy new works, and talk about a custom commission for your home, office, or cabin in the woods.
PAWS Phippen Award Winners, Phippen Museum May 12th -June 11th, 2023
Phippen Western Art Show & Sale Prescott, AZ Plaza May 27th -29th, 2023
Hold Your Horses Phippen Museum Prescott AZ August 5th-Sept 26th, 2023
Art In The Rockies Edwards, Colorado August 11th – 13th, 2023
The ideas of freedom and independence and the mix of cultures over two hundred years in
the West create a never-ending resource of imagery that can tell stories to elicit every emotion possible and provide a rich palette for my unique expression of beauty.
My love of travel is a close second to my love of art, and my work is constantly influenced by the various cultures, artworks, and surroundings I experience. Travels to China, Australia, Europe, Mexico, Hawaii, Alaska, and other parts of the United States have been perceptually rewarding and enlightening. To me, life is a visual feast. I see new colors, textures and light effects every day that I wish I could share in a painting. I regret that life is too short to
produce all the magnificent images that are in my mind’s eye.
Experience the beauty of the American West, old and new, brought to life through paintings, drawings and sculpture by award winning artist Randy Galloway. The style can be referred to as "romantic realism." Masterfully rendered, insightful, intriguing, clever, detail rich, colorful moments in time that tell a story. Galloway also specializes in portraits of interesting characters of the American West.
"In my artwork, I tell stories of a not-so-wild-west. The people, the places, the animals. . . without the shoot-'em-up version. Sometimes I'll read about the West, watch an old Western movie, or take a special photo during a reenactment that will spark an idea and then I'll work to create that scene with the hope of capturing the light, drama, atmosphere, reality, and emotion of that special moment."
Please explore the site. Find new, original artwork and giclée prints on the gallery page and also consider the possibility of commissioning an outstanding work of art to fit your unique home or office space by visiting the commissions page.
A New View of the Old West