Originally from Kansas City, Randy became the youngest illustrator Hallmark Cards had ever hired � while still a junior in high school. He attended Ringling School of Art and Art Center College of Design, supplementing his tuition by drawing five-minute portraits of people at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World ... a surprisingly valuable education in discipline and patience.Randy began freelancing as an illustrator in the mid-�80s, quickly establishing a strong reputation for highly detailed representational drawing and painting. Although adept at working in color, he gravitated toward and has always preferred a simple black and white palette. He is a master of the graphic technique known as �stipple� � the process of marking a surface with numerous small dots to create an image. It�s a style favored by print media, where paper quality can adversely affect the reproduction of an image, and by its very nature, it�s ideal for Web usage.Perhaps best known commercially as a portrait artist, Randy has an exceptional aptitude for capturing his subject�s character and essence with carefully nuanced precision. This, combined with his stippling expertise, made him a perfect match for the Wall Street Journal�s iconic portraits known as �hedcuts�; he�s created several hundred of them since 1998.Over the years, Randy has received recognition by The Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, Communication Arts, The Art Director�s Club, and Illustration West.Randy currently lives in Southern California.