Randy Hill, Salem, OR, US

Pacific Northwest graphic designer and musician Randy Hill has been creating assemblage art (don't call it trash or junk) in one way or another since he was a boy growing up on a farm in central Texas. "I always looked forward to Saturday mornings because my father would take my brother and me down to the town dump to get rid of our trash," remembers Hill. "While dad was busy unloading the truck, my brother and I would go treasure hunting. To me it was a gold mine of junk of every description, and I would bring home choice castoffs and create cool things out of them. I didn't have any money, so I created things I dreamed up with stuff other people threw away."

Hill returned to his childhood fascination a few years ago when his son-in-law decided to throw out an old Silvertone acoustic guitar he owned because the neck was broken. "I told him, 'no way,' because I knew I could make something out of it," says Randy. The result was the birth of his first official assemblage piece, "I Saw the Light," a tribute to country music legend Hank Williams, Sr.

Being steeped in Texas culture for many years has had a deep influence on Hills art. "I'm a third generation Texan. My father ran the family farm as well as Al's Place, a beer joint that he owned down the road from Austin, Texas. As a kid, I spent my weekends there playing pool and listening to classic country and Tex-Mex Conjunto music that played on the jukebox. As a teenager, I played in classic country and rock bands in honky-tonks throughout Texas. My work can't help but be influenced by that kind of background."

Randy and his wife Dawn reside in Salem, Oregon along with a small herd of cats and a garage full of treasure.

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Nemo 20,000

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Re: Junk Beautiful- Outdoor Edition, Today Show Appearance and Kick Off Events in Texas

Looks like a super book. I've enjoyed the last one tremendously. Wish I was going to be in my home state of Texas for this fandango!

Re: Bird In A Cage

Ha! I love it!

Re: "Inspire" for Jen

Now that's cool! I really like this piece. :)

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Re: Turn your junk into a pleasing photo vignette!

That's using your noodle!

Re: Another Conservatory

This is way cool. I wish I had carpentry skills! I wonder who I can rope in to do this for me? Hmmmm.

Re: Nemo 20,000

Thanks for the great welcome Cindy, Sue and Kathy! I think I'm going to feel right at home here! :)

Re: Nemo 20,000

Thanks Kimberly...really glad I found this website too! Nice to find others with the same passion (sickness?)! :)