Artist Shares Advice With Students

 Randall M. Good  Photo courtesy of

Randall M. Good
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By Drew Foote
Staff Writer

MONTICELLO-A professional artist gave a seminar to University of Arkansas-Monticello art students about his art and becoming successful as an artist Monday, March 4, 2013 in the Design Room of the Art Complex.

   Randall Good, from Denton, Texas, kept things informal and casual as he spoke to almost 30 students and faculty. He said his parents kept him heavily involved in baseball from childhood until college.

   Good said the closest thing to art he ever did in his early life was doodling on his notepad during class.

   During junior college a professor he admired encouraged him to take art appreciation. He said he became very fascinated with different artists including Michael Angelo and Picasso.

   He said he began to “copy” what he saw from these artists in his class. He said he would try to learn “how they saw things.”

   After finishing up at the junior college he went to the University of North Texas. Then after graduating from there in the early ‘90s he immediately went to work for a conservator, where he restored damaged art.

   Good said while working at the conservator he continued to create his own art to eventually show in a gallery. He said it became very frustrating to constantly work on other people’s art.

   After leaving the conservator he went to work for MetLife, an insurance company.

   He said this might seem like odd work for an artist, but he could make money and make his own hours. Which he said allowed him to spend a lot of time in his studio creating art.

   He said he worked for MetLife on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday then worked in his studio on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. He said during this time he didn’t show any of his art in galleries.

   Then he married Anadara Good who shared and supported him in his dream of becoming a professional gallery artist.

   During their one year anniversary he said they visited Hot Springs, Ark. and fell in love with the Blue Moon Gallery but didn’t ask to show his art. Then one year later they went back and the owner remembered him.

   He said the owner set up a meeting with him to see about showing his art. Then he said from there the rest is history.

   Good said, “There are ways of becoming professional, but you have to make sacrifices.”

   Second year art major Jordan Hickam said, “He made it seem like it was easier to become an artist than I figured but he also had many connections.”

   He said being a professional artist has to be treated as a job and he can’t just “watch Spongebob Squarepants” all day. He said he has to put in so many hours a week or nothing will get done.

   Then he showed photos of his art and explained the history and background of all his pieces. He creates pieces of art in the “Disegno” style.

   Laura Morphis, third year art major, said, “He draws inspiration from early Italian works, during the Classical period of modern art which is reflected in his content, subject and form.”

   “I really enjoyed all of his art. I was greatly influenced by how individual all of his characters were in the show and how they were all a part of a story,” Courtney Albritton said.

   Later he looked at all the art student’s current projects and gave them advice.

   Morphis said, “I enjoyed seeing his influences and especially interesting to hear his opinions about mine and other art majors works.”

   “Talking with (Good) really made me want to use history and find something inspiring, then develop pieces off of what I’ve learned,” Albritton said.




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