To Top

Art & Life with Emily M Randolph

Today we’d like to introduce you to Emily M Randolph.

Emily M, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
My artist journey is a winding stream that continues to flow and turn around many bends. It’s been an exciting adventure with many wild white rapids and keeps my eyes wide open for new inspiration.

How did it all begin? I laughingly tell people that my art career began in second grade with a clay owl ashtray that won a red ribbon at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT when I was in second grade. It had a red flower on its tummy and was chocolate brown. It wasn’t a beauty, but I wish I still had it!

My creativity took many turns over the years – and continuous to do so. After graduating from Hamilton College with a B.A., my first career in artistic expression was in writing and graphic design. For a short time, I was the editor and publisher of a local magazine in the Valley and later I helped charities and marketing consultancies with copywriting and layouts.

Graphic design uses lots of photography, which picqued my interest in the art form. My husband Dan, who is also a photographer, encouraged me to get an advanced degree. Together, we created two children’s book series that use photographic illustration: one is a travel series about our Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, called ‘A King’s Life’; the other is a series for The Phoenician. Our latest book for the resort came out this Spring: ‘Camping at The Phoenician with Phoe-Phoe & Friends’.

At the same time that we were publishing books, I was exploring various forms of photography and finding new ways to use it artistically in mixed media. My passion for the art and my use of new materials and expertise in abstraction landed me as a juried artist at Scottsdale’s Celebration of Fine Art, one of the finest shows in the country. From there, I have built an international clientele and coast-to-coast gallery representation.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I am inspired by water – the very essence of our beings. I celebrate water in all its forms from oceans and rivers to splashing water to the beauty of dew drops on a flower’s petals. People find the humor in the fact that I live in the desert and create water-centric art, but actually, Scottsdale is a resort town known for being an oasis. We are surrounded by beautiful waterfalls, pools and even water lily ponds. I find inspiration locally all the time.

My mixed-media art incorporates many elements from photography to resin and glass, and even natural materials. It is bold and joyful and brims with color. No ‘brown art here’, as one client happily commented! I love color. I create both figurative and abstracts, as well as wall sculptures using combinations of layers of printed photography on hard archival materials and painted panels.

I am also known for my development of a technique I call ‘Resin Splashes,’ using splashes of resin to create a new lighting and movement dynamic in artwork. The play of light with resin simply delights me.

What would you recommend to an artist new to the city, or to art, in terms of meeting and connecting with other artists and creatives?
Yes, working as an artist can be lonely, but I am never so. I am fortunate that Dan is a wonderful collaborator and springboard for ideas and brainstorming. I also have a great community of artists through the Celebration and new artists I meet online. My galleries are like extended families, too. Finally, the Sonoran Art League is a great resource, and there are many fine art organizations around the Valley. My advice to other artists looking to connect: if you can make it out of your studio, there is a whole wide world available to you. You just need to decide where to plug in and go for it. Artists tend to be very giving of their time and support. We all know how hard it is to be creators and entrepreneurs. One can’t do it alone.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
My work is available through my website at, where you can also find all the gallery links to my work. Clients can make appointments to visit my studio in McCormick Ranch.

Notably, I also have a large collection at the Bennett Sculpture Carmel in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA. Art lovers can see my latest wall installation ‘Cascade’ of individual ginkgo leaves cascading down a wall. They are available as single leaves, groups or as the entire installation.

Contact Info:

Image Credit:
Emily M Randolph Fine Art

Getting in touch: VoyagePhoenix is built on recommendations from the community; it’s how we uncover hidden gems, so if you know someone who deserves recognition please let us know here.

1 Comment

  1. Dan Merchant

    August 1, 2018 at 12:47 am

    Great article!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More in