2017 Venetian Festival Artist, Randall Higdon

“Simplicity is a characteristic in the majority of my paintings.  I enjoy the physical acts of painting so much the passion to get going with paint and brushes overrides the desire to develop complex compositions.”

In his search for the essence of a subject, Randall Higdon paints not so much photographically but rather what his mind’s eye sees.  Drawing upon his immediate surroundings and places visited for inspiration, Randy offers to the viewers of his paintings an enduring experience where past and present meet.

Born and raised in Michigan, Higdon is a graduate of Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids.  Since 1978, after six years of graphic design and illustration in commercial advertising, he has devoted his energies to fine art painting.

Randall Higdon is a signature member of the prestigious American Watercolor Society and the National Society of Marine Artists.  This year he celebrates his 41st year in the prestigious, juried, Charlevoix Waterfront Art Fair.



Randall’s original Venetian painting will be auctioned at the festival, Friday evening, July 21st, 2017, 7:00pm, in East Park, following the Queen’s coronation ceremonies.

To place a bid on the 2017 art or to arrange a proxy bidder, please contact Anne Golski: 231.675.2164 or argolski@chartermi.net

Posters and t-shirts can be purchased at the Venetian merchandise booth during Venetian week or at the Venetian Festival office.  Past Venetian Artwork posters can also be purchased at the Venetian Festival office.