Expressing the emancipation of the body and soul from the shackles of religious and social traditions.
Randy Elrod is described by his friends as a Renaissance man. He is a dreamer, artist, writer, speaker and mentor. He enjoys traveling the world, the sacraments of food and wine and the culinary arts. He loves reading and favorite authors include Ayn Rand, Frederick Buechner, Madeline L’Engle and David McCullough.
He especially enjoys reconciling the body and soul through the beauty of the female figure. Medicine, philosophy, and religion have excised, reasoned, and crucified the body. It’s what institutions do instinctively with complexity. In the words of Krista Tippett, “They try to control this messy reality we are, tugged and torn by desires and needs and holes we fill to excess.” He longs for his art to bring an appreciation of the depth and beauty of the full-bodied experience called life.
He also revels in the sensory overload of climbing America’s highest mountains. He 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 twenty-three full marathons (yes, 26.2 miles each).
Randy began painting in the winter of 2002 at the age of forty-two. A lifelong love affair with graphite sketching provides the foundation for his watercolors and anchors his layered and distinctive style. Originals and limited edition prints can be purchased.
An award-winning artist, he recently served as Artist-In-Residence for the prestigious O’More College of Design in Franklin, TN.
All profits benefit his charity, Creative Community, a 501(c)3 non-profit that teams world-class master teachers with young artists and convenes retreats for gifted artists and leaders, and conferences for creatives.
Elrod is available for a limited number of commissions each year. For more information e-mail: randyelrod (at) gmail (dot) com
He also gathers global creatives in Arts, Worship & Leadership together annually at the re:Create Conference.
Most days he can be found painting or writing at his artist cabin (The Hawk’s Nest) deep in the Appalachian Mountains, or hosting and encouraging others in the solitude of his wilderness retreat (Kalien), or working the land with his wife and muse Gina at their 55 acre home (BeauChamp Farm) in Tennessee.