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 Randy Follis  (1939 - )

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Lived/Active: New Mexico      Known for: western genre, horses

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following, submitted April 2004, is from Carlyle Dallas-collector.

As a young man, Randy Follis had a brush with the law in his native West Texas. As a result of this, he was incarcerated for a few years. During this ordeal he had a moment of clarity in which he vowed to never again be controlled by money. Now he does what he does (paint) because he loves doing it.

After migrating to the Farmington, New Mexico area and becoming involved with the art world, he teamed up with another aspiring local artist named Curt Walters. For several years they went to workshops, exhibitions and plein-aire expeditions together.

While actively painting in the Four Corners region, Follis has lived and worked on ranches in New Mexico and Colorado, which has been influential upon the accuracy of his portrayal of contemporary ranch life and the ever present horses that he considers his primary subject.
Born in Corsicana, Texas, Randy Follis is a painter of western subjects in realist style. His father was a farm laborer, and the family moved around West Texas ranches and farms during his childhood. He graduated from high school in Dimmitt, Texas in 1958. Eight years later, living in New Mexico, he received a set of paints and five art lessons, and this gift set his future career. He began by using oil, but switched to watercolor when he had small children so that he did not have to be so careful about putting his paint supplies away at the end of each day.

He settled in Bloomfield, New Mexico.

Peggy and Harold Samuels, "Contemporary Western Artists"

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