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Randy Elrod is described by his friends as a Renaissance man. A dreamer, artist, writer, mentor and teacher, he enjoys a marriage of 30 years with his childhood sweetheart, Chris. They enjoy traveling the world, the sacraments of food and wine, the culinary arts, and hosting guests at their home “La Maison des Reves” in historic downtown Franklin, Tennessee. They have two daughters, a son-in-law & a maltese named Taffy. He loves reading and favorite authors include Ayn Rand, Frederick Buechner, Madeline L'Engle and David McCullough.

He enjoys painting nature and the beauty of the female figure with watercolors and is currently the artist-in-residence at O'More College of Design in Franklin. Randy revels in the sensory overload of climbing America’s highest mountains. He also once navigated the Uganik River with only a tent and raft in grizzly country for a week in the wilderness of Kodiak Island, Alaska. He has completed nineteen full marathons (yes, 26.2 miles each).

A self-taught artist, Randy began painting in the winter of 2002 at the age of forty-two after his wife gifted him with an easel and paints. A lifelong love affair with graphite sketching provides the foundation for the watercolors and anchors his distinctive style. Originals and limited edition prints can be purchased at randyelrodart.com. All profits benefit his charity, Kalein, a non-profit Center for Creative studies that provides world-class master teachers and retreats for aspiring artists of all genres. (www.kalein.org)

Interests

mountaineering, watercolor, cooking, reading, backpacking, marathoning