Randi Ford

Randi Ford

Profile | Statement | Biography


Randi Ford • Profile

Randi Ford draws her inspiration directly from nature.  Whether on a local day trip or travelling across Michigan, she packs up her paints, hikes and begins her reference work in gouache.  She then completes larger pieces in her studio in acrylic on board - layering, integrating pattern and reworking areas.  Although she begins each piece with a vision and the goal of capturing nature’s beauty as she experiences it, she describes her work as coming alive as she develops each in her illustrative, slightly stylized approach. 

Immediately apparent in her work is a connection to the Group of Seven.  Her use of color and stylistic interpretation of the landscape, her commitment to capturing nature’s energy and spirit and even thematic references such as the lone tree and or an unearthly sky all underscore an appreciation for their work.

Simplified yet accurate, she filters out all unnecessary details and at the same time compresses a mass of visual information into her work: intricate intertwining of branches, patterns created by leaves, water or clouds.  While each element shares the same illustrative simplicity, she brings her work to life with the color, emotion and movement she experiences in nature.

Randi Ford is a painter and illustrator living in Grand Rapids, MI.  She grew up in Sturgis, MI and earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in illustration from Grand Valley State University in 2012. 


Randi Ford • Statement

We often retreat to the pristine natural world in order to find peace, and escape the evils and hardships of society. Through my work I capture the divine spirit, beauty and peace found within our natural world. Each painting is of a still moment of time, but is brought to life with the movement created with my strokes. These images are meant to bring viewers to a calm and peaceful meditative state. I create each painting from photographs I have taken throughout my journey and represent the beauty I felt along them in each one. I paint each piece with love and passion, and hope the viewers can feel the energy and emotion I felt when creating the piece.


Randi Ford • Biography

EDUCATION

2012 
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Illustration, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, Michigan

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2016
LaFontsee Galleries - “Collective Alchemy” - Grand Rapids, MI

2015
“This Land” - Center Gallery - Glen Arbor, MI

“Painting Michigan” - Beards Brewery - Petoskey, MI

“Painting Michigan” Theater Bar - Grand Haven, MI

Artprize- Panera Bread- Grand Rapids

Art Downtown -Avenue for the Arts - Grand Rapids, Ml

Free Radical -Avenue for the Arts - Grand Rapids, Ml

2014
LaFontsee Galleries, “Annual Fall Celebration”, Grand Rapids, Michigan

LaFontsee Galleries, “Hop Skip & a Jump”, Douglas, Michigan

2013   
LaFontsee Galleries, “Go Figure”, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2012  
LaFontsee Galleries, “25 Year Gala”, Grand Rapids, Michigan

LaFontsee Galleries, “LG-Group”, Douglas, Michigan

LaFontsee Galleries, “Color Context”, Douglas, Michigan

LaFontsee Galleries, “Power of Pattern”, Douglas, Michigan

LaFontsee Galleries, “Fresh Squeezed and Locally Grown”, Douglas, Michigan

LaFontsee Galleries, “Act II”, Douglas, Michigan

2011   
LaFontsee Galleries, “Come Out and Play”, Grand Rapids, Michigan

LaFontsee Galleries, “Fall at The Lakeshore”, Douglas, Michigan

LaFontsee Galleries, “Summer Fun”, Douglas, Michigan

LaFontsee Galleries, “Opening Celebration”, Douglas, Michigan

2007
Prince Street Gallery, "Phillip Pearlstein Selects National Juried Exhibition," New York, New York

Lowell Area Arts Council, "Odd Coupling ," Lowell, Michigan

LaFontsee Galleries, "2007-c," Grand Rapids, Michigan

2006
Lowell Area Arts Council, "Lowell's Passport to Europe," Lowell, Michigan

2005
LaFontsee Galleries, "TWO," Grand Rapids, Michigan

Blue Heron Gallery, "Landscapes," Elk Rapids, Michigan

2004
LaFontsee Galleries, "Outlook," Grand Rapids, Michigan

Muskegon Museum of Art, "Muskegon Museum of Art Regional," Muskegon, Michigan

2003
Galleria, Group Exhibition, Montecastello di Vibia, Umbria, Italy

Keeler Gallery, Group Exhibition, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, "Conservancy Show," Grand Rapids, Michigan

2002
Two-Person Exhibition, Montecasetello di Vibia, Italy

Muskegon Museum of Art, "Muskegon Museum of Art Regional," Muskegon, Michigan

2001
Galleria, Group Exhibition, Montecastello di Vibia, Umbria, Italy 

2000
Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, "Death Matters," Invitational, Grand Rapids, Michigan 

Susannah Keith Gallery, "Art 2000," Dexter, Michigan

1999
Galleria, Group Exhibition, Montecastello di Vibia, Umbria, Italy 

Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, "New Spaces, New Faces," Grand Rapids, Michigan

Gallery Arcadia, Three-Person Exhibition, Grand Rapids, Michigan 

First United Methodist Church, "Celebration," Grand Rapids, Michigan

Muskegon Museum of Art, "Muskegon Museum of Art Regional," Muskegon, Michigan

1994
First United Methodist Church, "Celebration," Grand Rapids, Michigan

1989
Hackley Museum, Juried Competition, Muskegon, Michigan

1988
Lowell Area Arts Council, Solo Exhibition, Lowell, Michigan

1982
Court Galleries, Solo Exhibition, Cincinnati, Ohio

1978
Ludeke Gallery, Solo Exhibition, Cincinnati, Ohio

1977
Western Michigan University, Solo Exhibition, Kalamazoo, Michigan

COLLECTIONS

CW Mills Paper, Grandville, Michigan

Fifth Third Bank, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Mt. Sinai Hospital, Detroit, Michigan

St. Luke Hospital, Toledo, Ohio