"Apalachicola and the surrounding Gulf Coast area are unique to Florida, with quaint communities and large swaths of natural, unspoiled forests and vistas untouched by overdevelopment. Its beauty is a true treasure for any artist to try and capture. While this is my first year as an invited artist in the Forgotten Coast En Plein Air Paint Out, I have been to the event on numerous occasions. The volunteers, the artists, and the community support make this one of the premier Plein Air festivals in the country."
Randy Pitts graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of South Florida in 1982 with a concentration in drawing and printmaking. Having a career in the commercial arts, Randy decided to expand his creative pursuits and began painting in 2001. Randy has since become devoted to painting the landscape “en plein air” and the challenges of capturing the fleeting moments of light, form and shape it provides.
Randy has continued his education by attending several workshops taught by nationally recognized artists including Scott Christensen and Don Demers. He has earned numerous awards in local and regional exhibitions and competitions. His artwork was chosen by Southwest Art Magazine to promote the Art of the Trees Exhibition in their “Beyond the West” section highlighting upcoming events. His work recently was featured in the "Artist Focus" section of the June 2019 Edition of American Art Collector Magazine.
From 2014 through 2016, Randy was President of First Coast Plein Air Painters and oversaw the organization’s growth from just a few members to over 50 members. Under his guidance, the organization hosted several painting events, workshops and demos by nationally recognized artists, and several group exhibitions for its members.
Randy resides in Jacksonville with his wife Debbie. See more of Randy's work on his website at https://www.randypittsfineart.com
Honorable Mention — 2018 Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival and Competition
Best of Show — 2018 Miniature marvels Exhibition, St Augustine Art Association
Second Place — 2019 St Marys En Plein Air
First Place 2019 — 2019 Members Summer Exhibition, First Coast Plein Air Painters