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1958 - 2023

We were saddened by the passing of Randall Sexton in December 2023. Randy had a prolific career as an artist, and touched the lives of so many aspiring artists as an inspirational teacher, including The Gallery's curator, Eric Von Berg. The Gallery is honored to present a collection of his works.

Randall Sexton is best known for the use of color and expressive brushwork in his oil paintings of “everyday” scenes.

A signature member of the Plein Air Painters of America, Sexton garnered many Best of Show and Artists Choice Awards at national events and festivals including Carmel, Maui, Telluride, and the Laguna Plein Air Invitational. He was featured in various national journals including: American Artist, Southwest Art, Plein Air (currently Fine Art Connoisseur), and Workshop.

Randy’s paintings vary from highly realistic images to the more impressionistic and even abstract. This range enabled him to connect with a broad student base. His love of teaching fueled his reputation in the San Francisco area for over 30 years while his teaching experience includes Pixar University, Academy of Art University, San Francisco and California College of Art. 


Although I studied with many great painters, Randy became my primary mentor over the last decade. While in the San Francisco Bay Area I attended his Weekend Warrior workshops, and Pleinair sessions. I would often hire Randy for critiques, and as soon as he provided on-line mentoring, I signed up immediately. 

Randy has the deft draftsmanship to paint with bold confident strokes. In classes with a model or painting Pleinair, Randy would paint alongside his students. Many of these demo paintings are fantastic works of art.  

As a painter I have the seeing and drawing skill, but lacked the confidence to lay the paint down like Randy. Randy helped me paint more freely. As a great teacher, he could see the journey the student wanted or needed to take and adjust his instruction accordingly.  

Randy was also a delightful person to spend a day with. I miss him. 


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