Randall David Tipton

Randall David Tipton

Portland, OR, United States

About Randall David Tipton

Landscape Painter in the Pacific Northwest working from direct experience, using drawings, photos and memories.

Artist Statement;
The environment I live in and the landscapes I travel to are the content of my work. This has always been so. I need personal contact with a place to have the sensory information to create a convincing work. My paintings always begin with an experience in a landscape. Whether it’s a walk in a local park or a destination hike, what happens while in that location is pivotal.

My earliest artistic influence came from the Zen Japanese aesthetic depicted in the encyclopedias in our home; then later, from the insights of the American abstract expressionists, whose conviction that meaningful, honest painting was best achieved through improvisation, inspired me. Though I am dedicated to interpreting the natural world, I do so as a secondary concern as I respond to the painting process taking place before me.

Memory is a key element as I manipulate the paint. When something within the character of that landscape emerges, I recognize it and build from there.

I believe that my frequent immersion into the environment informs my work in a deeply subconscious manner and is revealed in the act of painting.

About the Artist;

Randall David Tipton’s work in the 1990s veered away from landscape toward more allegorical interpretations of nature. In time, the rain forests and wetlands surrounding Portland impelled him to focus on realism again. He showed at the Alysia Duckler Gallery, as well as in small communities throughout the Northwest.

In 2010, Randall David Tipton began to be awarded artist residencies at several institutions, allowing him to explore new landscapes on the Oregon coast, in the Trinity Alps, and in southeastern Wyoming. Most recently, he was Artist-in-Residence at Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, Otis, Oregon; and Brush Creek Ranch, Saratoga, Wyoming.

Work by Randall David Tipton is found in a number of corporate and public art collections, including those of Oregon Health Science University, Southern Oregon University, Texas Instruments, Hewlett-Packard, Newsweek, and Eastern New Mexico University.


mostly self taught
master class with Richard Diebenkorn 1985


Solo Exhibitions:
2018 Grants Pass Art Museum, Grants Pass Oregon
2016 Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay Oregon
2015 Museum 510, Lake Oswego Oregon
2013 Waterworks Gallery, Friday Harbor, WA
2012 Hanson Howard Gallery, Ashland OR
2011 Lakewood Center for the Arts, Lake Oswego, OR
2008 The Migration Gallery, Charlottesville VA
2008 Hanson Howard Gallery, Ashland, OR
2008 White Bird Gallery, Cannon Beach, OR
2005 Davis & Cline Gallery, Ashland, OR
2001 White Bird Gallery, Cannon Beach, OR
1997 White Bird Gallery, Cannon Beach, OR
1995 White Bird Gallery, Cannon Beach, OR
1990 The Maveety Gallery, Portland and Lincoln City, OR
1989 White Bird Gallery, Cannon Beach, OR
1987 White Bird Gallery, Cannon Beach, OR
1985 “Southwest Landscape”, Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center,
Pueblo, CO
Group Exhibitions:
2013 White Bird Gallery, Cannon Beach, OR
2011 “Sitka Center for Art and Ecology Invitational” Portland OR
2009 “Expressions West“, Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, OR
2007 “Landscape Invitational”, The Andreeva Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2005 “New Work” Davis and Cline Gallery, Ashland OR
2005 “Expressions West” Coos Bay Art Museum, Second Place Purchase Award
2004 The Alysia Duckler Gallery, Portland, OR
2003 “Tipton and Tipton”, White Bird Gallery, Cannon Beach, OR
2003 “Landscape Show”, Aalta Gallery, Ashland, OR
2002 The Alysia Duckler Gallery, Portland, OR
2001 “Landscape Show”, Davis and Cline Gallery, Ashland, OR
1995 The Gallery at Salishan, Gleneden Beach, OR
1994 The Maveety Gallery, Lincoln City, OR
1994 “Contemporary Southwest Artists,” the Medici Center for the Arts,
Philadelphia, PA
1993 “Artists in Residence,” New Mexico Highlands University
1991 “Between Dream and Reality,” Santa Fe East Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Governors Gallery, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
1989 “Watercolor USA,” Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MO
“New Names/New works,” Santa Fe East Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Exhibition,” El Paso Art Museum, El Paso, TX
(Texas, New Mexico, Arizona)
1988 “New Artists,” Taos Connections Gallery, Denver, CO
1987 “Third Biennial,” Five State Painting and Drawing Exhibition,
Fuller Art Center, Los Alamos, NM
1986 White Bird Gallery, Cannon Beach, OR
1985 “Choice Views,” Four Landscape Painters, Armory for the Arts,
Santa Fe, NM (Curator and Exhibitor)
1984 “Landscape Invitational,” Santa Fe Festival of the Arts, Santa Fe, NM
“New Mexico Watercolor,” Taos Art Center, Taos, NM
1983 Seth’s Canyon Road Art Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
1981 “Southwestern Images,” Santa Fe Festival of the Arts, Santa Fe, NM