Randi Evans with two of her horses at her property in Springhouse. Evans frequently finds artistic inspiration from her horses.

Randi Evans with two of her horses at her property in Springhouse. Evans frequently finds artistic inspiration from her horses.

Painter finds inspiration in love for horses

Randi Evans paints her passion and what she loves — horses.

Randi Evans paints her passion and what she loves — horses.

Nine of her paintings, depicting mostly horses but also other ranch themes, are up at city hall for viewing during this year’s Art Walk.

This year is Randi’s first time in the Art Walk.

She works out of her studio at her log house where she lives with her husband Sam on 14 acres in Springhouse. When she is not painting she is likely out with her horses, who provide her with loving inspiration, particularly Legacy, a 4.5-year quarterhorse-palomino.

“He’s my inspiration in a lot of things,” says Randi, who grew up in the Fraser Valley.

Her love of painting and of horses developed from a very early age, so for Randi, the two have always been a big part of her life.

“I can’t remember when I didn’t love horses and when I didn’t love art, so the two were just a natural marry up.”

She says most of the horses shown in her artwork are hers. For example, Randi’s colt Legacy, a foundation quarter-horse palomino, is featured in one of the paintings at city hall.

“He’s my baby,” she says. “He’s a third generation. His grandfather’s name was Colonel and when I found this foal, his name was Colonel’s Legacy — that was my old horse. He (Legacy) is just like him. He is my inspiration in a lot of things.

“I am riding him like crazy now and just loving him. I started him this year, so I got him four and half years ago.”

She also has an older, feral mare from Grand Cache.

“She really was a wild horse and she is very special to me, but she is getting older now, and I have another quarter horses called Keeper and a donkey,” she says.

As a teenager, Randi was mentored by the late Rein Leigh before going on to study fine arts under European artists Merco and Jeannine Jacabo at the University of the Fraser Valley. There, she majored in fine arts, studying life drawing, painting in all medias, etching, graphics, and sculpture.

Though she paints mostly horses these days, she can work in other medias and subjects, she notes.

“It’s just that I think it makes your work stronger if you do what your heart says. It’s just such a flow for me because I love it so much.”

When she met her husband Sam, he had a hunting cabin in Meldrum Creek on the old Moon Ranch.

“I was the first girl that got to go to that hunting cabin,” Randi says. “He brought me and my horse, and that made him pretty big in my eyes.”

They then moved to Alberta, where she continued to pursue art while also being involved in rodeo, including the Calgary Stampede and Calgary Log Show, as well as helping out well-known rodeo family — the Daines.

Randi and Sam returned to the Cariboo two years ago. Randi says their Springhouse home suits her passions.

“I don’t know why they built it this way, but it worked for me,” she says, explaining the home has a large dining room, big living room, and another large room, which serves as a perfect studio.

Randi’s artwork can be viewed at city hall from Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

http://raven.b-it.ca/portals/uploads/tribune/.DIR288/A14SUBRandiEvans281.jpg

Erin Hitchcock photo

Randi Evans’s paintings — including this one called Family Support, an acrylic on canvas — are up for viewing at city hall during the 2012 Art Walk that runs until Sept. 8.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Sandi Griffiths is the region’s new district manager of transportation for the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
New MOTI district manager takes the wheel in Williams Lake

Sandi Griffiths replaces Todd Hubner who retired recently

Mclean Silverton rides a rail in Boitanio Park - one of seven new features installed by the city this past week. (Greg Sabatino photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Snow park in Boitanio open for riding

If any users find that the park requires attention, please contact city hall at 250-392-2311

A snowfall warning has been issued for Williams Lake and Quesnel. (Black Press Media)
Snowfall warning issued for Cariboo region

Between 10 to 15 cm expected

Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP) co-ordinator Surinderpal Rathor (from left) Judy Gibbons and Rajneesh Khugsal, seen here in 2020, are all ready to help people file their taxes. (Patrick Davies photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Williams Lake volunteers ready to offer community income tax program

Co-ordinator Surinderpal Rathor said he has already received inquiries

Women’s Contact Society community liaison Eileen Alberton with her dogs Luigi, left, and Sami enjoys a daily walk in Big Lake. (Photo submitted)
Women’s wellness focus of International Women’s Day events in Williams Lake

In its third year, the event will be offered virtually

Abbotsford’s Kris Collins turned to TikTok out of boredom when the provincial COVID-19 lockdown began in March 2020. She now has over 23 million followers on the video app. Photo: Submitted
Internet famous: Abbotsford’s Kris Collins is a TikTok comedy queen

Collins has found surprise stardom alone with a phone

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

A Vancouver restaurant owner was found guilty of violating B.C.’s Human Rights Code by discriminating against customers on the basis of their race. (Pixabay)
Vancouver restaurant owner ordered to pay $4,000 to customers after racist remark

Referring to patrons as ‘you Arabs’ constitutes discrimination under B.C.’s Human Rights Code, ruling deems

Nanaimo children’s author and illustrator Lindsay Ford’s latest book is ‘Science Girl.’ (Photo courtesy Lindsay Ford)
B.C. children’s writer encourages girls to pursue the sciences in new book

Lindsay Ford is holding a virtual launch for latest book, ‘Science Girl’

Pig races at the 145th annual Chilliwack Fair on Aug. 12, 2017. Monday, March 1, 2021 is Pig Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Feb. 28 to March 6

Pig Day, Canadian Bacon Day and Grammar Day are all coming up this week

Staff from the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre, passersby, RCMP and Nanaimo Fire Rescue carried a sick 300-kilogram steller sea lion up the steep bluff at Invermere Beach in north Nanaimo in an attempt to save the animal’s life Thursday. (Photo courtesy Marine Mammal Rescue Centre)
300-kilogram sea lion muscled up from B.C. beach in rescue attempt

Animal dies despite efforts of Nanaimo marine mammal rescue team, emergency personnel and bystanders

Doctors and counsellors warn of an increase in panic attacks, anxiety, depression and suicide ideas between ages 10 to 14, in Campbell River. ( Black Press file photo)
Extended pandemic feeding the anxieties of B.C.’s youth

Parents not sure what to do, urged to reach out for help

Kara Sorensen, diagnosed with lung cancer in July, says it’s important for people to view her as healthy and vibrant, rather than sick. (Photo courtesy of Karen Sorensen)
B.C. woman must seek treatment overseas for inoperable lung cancer

Fundraising page launched on Karen Sorensen’s behalf, with a goal of $250,000

Gina Adams as she works on her latest piece titled ‘Undying Love’. (Submitted photo)
‘Toothless’ the kitty inspires B.C. wood carver to break out the chainsaw

Inspired by plight of a toothless cat, Gina Adams offers proceeds from her artwork to help animals

Most Read