Randal M. Dutra has enjoyed a varied career in art for more than 46 years. He began his studies in 1975, working from life at a Canadian game farm, and in 1977 he enrolled at the Art Students League in New York. During his early art career, he also learned from several respected mentors, including Clarence Tillenius, Robert Lougheed, and George Carlson.
In 1981, Dutra became involved in cinematic visual effects. During his 25 years in the movie business, while concurrently producing fine art, he worked with Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and Disney on several films, two of which earned him Academy Award nominations. In 1996, Dutra curtailed his work in the movies to concentrate on his passions of painting and sculpting.
36” by 50”
“Japanese woodblock prints took the art world by storm. European art was forever changed, as were American circles. Whistler, Degas, van Gogh, Manet, Gauguin—all were seduced by this exciting, new visual aesthetic. Juxtaposing large, flatter fields of color with areas of judicious detail is a real challenge. Canada geese mates settle into the peaceful twilight, with a hint of the moon kissing the water.”
Lightly Into Shadow
24” by 50”
“I love the marbled, taffy-like color patterns found in eucalyptus trunks. Beautiful hues of salmon, teal, and tan intertwine, resulting in arresting color harmonies; a poetic setting for a black-tail pair to move to more private ground as the summer light begins to fade.”