Although birds are often the focus of Randy Van Dyck’s work, his inspiration is drawn from the English language. He is attracted to words or phrases that strike a chord and tries to express them visually, often with some humor. He is also concerned with technique and process, striving to create beautiful works that will stand on their own artistic merit. His approach fits into the realism camp, and there is a strong nod to traditional landscape and wildlife painting, but there is a sideways surreal shift that makes these works “other worldly".
The series, “Suspended Reality” began with paintings of birds posed on an invisible perch floating on a serene sky, with no other information. As the series progressed, additional information and objects began to be introduced to interact with the birds. Eventually, the series has developed into full landscape compositions combined with elements of still life. This element of surrealism is evident in the artist’s handling of the composition. “I have chosen to float the subject in the center of the piece to create a compelling contrast from the landscape. In addition I have cast a shadow from the focal points onto the background to add depth and create a slight confusion in the two dimensional plane.”