My name is Rand Herron. I was born and raised in southeastern Florida, in the county of Palm Beach.
In 2007, having been retired from law enforcement I moved to the mountains of Northern Georgia.
Forty years ago I broke my neck. That catastrophic injury nearly killed me and left me a quadriplegic. I was in the hospital for nearly six months learning to do everything all over again, and live life in a wheelchair.
I am paralyzed from the chest down and in my arms and hands. My arms are half paralyzed so to speak, and my fingers are as well. I am able to move my arms and wrists quite well however, but am limited with triceps. Without the use of my fingers I have mastered leverage and can do many things with my hands including driving my vehicle.
When I was young and before my injury I was moderately interested in art, especially photography and darkroom work. I also used to sketch with pencil or charcoal a fair bit which consisted of mostly sports figures and portraits. That may be why much of my work looks like sketch-painting. Other than a few public school art courses, that was the extent of my training.
When I was twenty, two years after my injury, I apprenticed for a short time under a famous portrait artist. Though it only lasted about 6 months I did learn some valuable lessons about oil painting and color theory. For a few years hence I did dabble in sketching on and off. Then didn't touch art for decades until my wife gave me the gift of an iPad in 2011. After seeing an amazing artist (on youtube) do an oil rendering on his iPad I was stunned to learn that you could draw and paint digitally. That the 'apps' for art really and completely simulate real art in almost every form. Whether drawing, sketching, air brushing or oil, the genre of art is translated beautifully without actually using paint. The screen is my canvas and my index finger is the brush. I found my finger works better than a stylus until I got an iPad Pro. Now I use an iPencil which has helped me leaps and bounds. I can achieve detail I didnâ€™t think possible. I can make the brush any shape I like and no chemicals are involved. My paints are unlimited and the drying time immediate. Iâ€™ve found though that time does not know the difference. It takes just as long to paint digitally then with real paint - for me anyway.
I do think some artists these days are in love with their signatures. I won't sign a piece if I think it detracts from the overall outcome. Therefore, some pieces are unsigned. Many of my pieces are highly detailed.
I love the elemental feminine beauty of flowers and tend to paint them often. But I am painting more and different subjects now. I am also putting up some of my photographs. These photos were taken from my wheelchair with a small Sony Cybershot with a 12x lens. Unfortunately, as much as I'd love to I am unable to use a larger DSLR camera very effectively. My photos may be cropped, but are not enhanced using software.
Being new to digital art, some of the pieces (especially the early ones) are limited in size do to resolution setting issues. Ive corrected that with my newer pieces.
All my work is done with love for those I love. I hope you enjoy it.
Rand Herron joined Pixels.com Licensing on February 3rd, 2012.