Twisted Fire Studio, 4774 E. Quailbrush Road, Cave Creek, AZ 85331, (480) 745-0451, dream[email protected], www.randygallowayfineart.com
Randy Galloway was born in Carlsbad, New Mexico, surrounded by adobe buildings, women in crushed velvet and squash blossom necklaces and Native American kids bused in from the reservation for school. Galloway says he knew he lived in a special place and loved the Southwest as a kid. “No one in our family had ever been an artist, so I was an anomaly,” says the artist. “I had something unique but no one to mentor me, so I had to grow with it slowly, making discoveries on my own.”
Earning a BFA in graphic design from Arizona State University,
Galloway worked in graphic design for 35 years. “Soon after my older brother died of melanoma, I decided I had better do my fine art before it was too late…inspired by Howard Terpning, then Martin Grelle and John Coleman I fell in love with the Old West and the Native Americans of the 1800s. I started going to photoshoots and sold at various shows around the Southwest. A few years ago I decided to try sculpting and now spend my time split between painting, drawing and sculpting. I enjoy being versatile.” His current style is defined by realism, detailed but remains textural. He tends to focus on images that are like character portraits, mostly full figures in scenes of the Old West—sometimes a little whimsical, but always seeking to capture the beauty of the people. “I’m drawn to the Buffalo culture of the Plains tribes and the beautiful craft of the Pueblo tribes…i have a million ideas and projects to do, if only the clock would slow down. I’m so glad I got to express myself as an artist.”
Galloway will be showing at the Celebration of Fine Art in Scottsdale January through March as well as the Phippen Western Art Show and Sale in May.
Randy Galloway, Lakota Honor, charcoal on toned handmade paper, 22 x 16"
Randy Galloway, Stealing the Show, bronze, 16 x 9 x 8"
Randy Galloway, Serenity, oil on linen, 18 x 14"