Randy Tierney Joins Gallery Bringing Expertise in Sumi Ink Style Watercolor Painting

This month, the Blue Whole Gallery proudly announces the addition of Randy Tierney, an artist known for his blend of traditional sumi ink techniques with modern watercolor aesthetics.

Randy’s art draws deeply from the ancient art form of sumi-e, or ink wash painting, which emphasizes the use of minimal strokes to capture the essence of an object. Unlike traditional sumi-e. which typically adheres to monochromatic themes, Randy’s creations integrate the vibrant hues of watercolors. “I became fascinated with Chinese brush painting after taking sumi lessons in 2011. My art adventure has introduced me to many Washington artists, art courses locally and classes at the Cole Gallery in Edmonds, YouTube videos, and many art books and art supplies. Untamed curiosity impels me to learn, try out techniques and mostly to just play,” Randy explains.

“The sumi style I favor is inspired by the Ling-Nan masters beginning in the 19th Century. It is characterized by spontaneity, spare expressive brush strokes, the use of ink and watercolor, crafted rice and mulberry papers, and use of the ink chop (stamp ). My Chinese Brush Painting home library includes Chao Shao An, Xu Wei, Au Ho-Nien, Ning Yeh and many other masters.”

Randy’s paintings enrich the gallery’s offerings and provide an inspiring perspective on the combination of sumi ink and watercolor paintings in contemporary art. We welcome you to visit the gallery and see his paintings for yourself. The Blue Whole Gallery is open Mon-Sat 10-5pm, Sundays 11-3pm.

5 thoughts on “Randy Tierney Joins Gallery Bringing Expertise in Sumi Ink Style Watercolor Painting

  1. Deborah Reply

    Randy’s paintings are so calming to the spirit…
    I feel peaceful just gazing upon them!

  2. Jeannine Chappell Reply

    Randy’s paintings have such a beautiful softness. A welcome addition to the gallery.

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