ABOUT the ARTIST
"For me art has always been something of a means of travel a way to go places, see things and indulge the vagabond in me. As a child we never had the resources to travel much or very often so I frequently hit the open road in my mind. As a kid I found I could sail the high seas, battle fire-breathing dragons, fly jet planes, engage in countless shoot-outs with desperados or invading armies all on a sheet of paper. In my early teens I began to work toward a career in commercial art --ideally as an illustrator. I never knew anyone could make a living as a fine art painter so I thought a commercial career would be as close as I could get.
However, all that seemed
lost when, at age 17, a paralyzing spinal cord injury instantly changed my life forever.
At first all I could do (literally) was shrug my shoulders. During my months in hospital I
was forced to adapt and find new ways to do virtually everything imaginable. Even though I
have never regained the ability to move my fingers, I eventually recovered to the point
where I could move my left arm enough to write, draw and paint once again. The ability to
express myself artistically was indispensable to my recovery and every day thereafter.
places I visit are sometimes real, often imaginary or a combination of both. Regardless, I hope youll feel youve
been there before!
Randy Souders is a graduate of the University of Texas at
Arlington and has been a full-time artist since 1978. As owner of SOUDERS FINE ART he has
published over 100 editions which are collected by thousands of people worldwide. For 40
years, Randy has created artworks for both individual collectors, charities and
· Walt Disney Company
Since 1990, the Disney company has commissioned Randy to create paintings featuring their
world famous landmarks and characters. Disney reproduces his paintings as limited
edition prints and other collectible merchandise which they feature in various locations
throughout their theme parks, resorts, and galleries. His works --when available-- also
appear on the Disney.com
website. His paintings have been transformed by Disney into limited edition prints and
posters as well as such things as greeting cards, Bulova carriage clocks and watches,
limited edition pin sets, expensive Limoges (fine china) dinnerware and other collectible
items. He also the only artist commissioned to create the limited edition poster for each
and every Official Disneyana Convention. That was an annual gathering of
approximately 2,000 Disney enthusiasts from around the world. Collector demand at this
event was so strong that his posters typically sold-out within 48 hours or less.
· Capitol Records Randy created the cover art for a two CD set featuring a revival of the Broadway production of "SHERRY!" The musical was written in 1967 by James Lipton (host of BRAVO's "Inside the Actor's Studio") and is based of the classic 1942 screwball comedy "The Man Who Came to Dinner." Nathan Lane assumes the role of the world famous gossip columnist "Sheridan Whiteside." The overbearing, bombastic Whiteside takes a nasty spill on the icy steps of a midwestern household and proceeds to commandeer everyone and everything for the duration of his recovery. Lane also performed this role on the PBS series "Stage on Screen." Others in the cast included Carol Burnett, Mike Myers, Bernadette Peters, Tommy Tune, Phyllis Newman and Tom Wopat among others. This two recording is published by CAPITOL-EMI's Angel Records label.
Community Service and Advocacy~
Putting Creativity to Work Randy wrote the forward to a
new book entitled "Putting Creativity to Work." It is a career guide for people
with disabilities who seek employment in the 110+ arts related professions the book
outlines. The disabled community suffers an astounding unemployment rate of over 70%. This
book seeks to help remedy that awful statistic. It was produced by VSA Arts and published
by the Social Security Administration. Special thanks to American Express for their
support in underwriting this worthy project. Click
here for to read the FREE version online.
· Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation For several years Randy lent his artwork to the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation. His last project involved the publication of 3,050,000 (three million, fifty thousand) calendars featuring his images. These were mailed to supporters across America and around the world. Proceeds assisted researchers in their quest to find a cure for paralysis due to spinal cord injury and disease. Randy Souders suffered a spinal cord injury in 1972 and has been confined to a wheelchair ever since. The CRPF designated Randy as being one of their "Heroes for Hope" and featured ed his story on their website.
News and Interviews~
Randy has been featured in dozens
of newspapers including USA
Today, the Dallas Morning News,
Fort Worth Star-Telegram and many
other state, local, and national publications.
Randy has appeared in magazines
such as American Artist, Southwest Art, Art West, Art Business News, Collector's Mart,
Collector Editions, Collector's Showcase, Decor Magazine, Prints Magazine, Southern
Living, Texas Monthly, Texas Homes, Disney Magazines, Parade Magazine among others.
Randy has been the subject of many
television stories and news reports. In fact, two local news interviews were picked
up and broadcast globally several times on CNN and CNN "Headline News." The latter
ran his story every two hours for an entire day as their "Looking Up" feature.
Collectors across the nation reported seeing these. One even saw it in an airport in Hong
Kong. In the late 1990's Randy was an "on-air" vendor with the Home Shopping Network at their St. Petersburg, Florida
broadcast center. At the time HSN was available to 90% of the homes in America.
Randys works are to be found
in the collections of the The Walt Disney Company, MGM Grand, State Farm Insurance,
Maxwell House, Maytag Corporation, Norman Rockwell Museum (Philadelphia), Humana
Corporation, Texaco, Texas Instruments, Southwestern Bell, Coca-Cola, Frito Lay, Harris
Medical Systems, Continental Medical Systems, Dallas Rehabilitation Center, Cooks/ Fort
Worth Childrens Medical Center, Texas Historic Foundation, Bank One, Justin
Industries, Shield Medical, Sheraton Hotels, and many more.
The White House, US Capitol, John
F. Kennedy Center (Washington, DC), Texas State Capitol, Texas State Fair (3 million
visitors), Orlando Museum of Art, Very Special Arts Gallery (Washington, DC),
International VSA Festival- Taipei, Taiwan; University of Hawaii, University of Texas, at
every "Official Disneyana Conventions" (Florida & California), -- plus over
300 gallery events, public exhibitions, and one-man shows.
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