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Randall David Tipton's work derives from direct observation of the locations he frequents; the forests, creeks and wetlands near his home in the Pacific Northwest. With minimal use of drawing and photography references he constructs a framework upon which to improvise. He paints the elements of the landscape through inventive, painterly means and arrives at the end with something true to the subject. To emphasize aspects of the scene which move him, he will often use distortion, radical simplification, and heightened color. The resulting landscape is more about the experience than the physicality of place. Memory is primary in this exploratory process.