Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Randena became fascinated and intimately acquainted with the natural world while growing up on Puget Sound. Her studio is surrounded by the flora and fauna which inform much of her work.

Randena received her Bachelor of Arts degree fromThe Evergreen State College in 1996. She was a three-year recipient of the Alfred G. & Elma M. Milotte scholarship for her undergraduate work in painting and natural history studies. She has taught design at Olympic College and demonstrated drawing and painting techniques as a guest artist for arts organizations and design and painting classes.

Randena has been exhibiting and receiving awards in regional and national juried shows for over 20 years. She has been published in Whatcom Museum’s 2005 catalog, An Enduring Legacy, Women Painters of Washington 1930 - 2005, and North Light Books Strokes of Genius 2, Strokes of Genius 3, and Strokes of Genius 4, Rachel Rubin Wolf, editor, 2009, 2011 and 2012, respectively. The Best of Drawing Light and Shadow, Rachel Rubin Wolf, editor, 2009. She is a member of Women Painters of Washington and the Northwest Pastel Society, earning the title of Distinguished Pastelist in 1995. Randena is represented by Roby King Galleries, Bainbridge Island, WA.




"Gesture and expressive use of line are key elements in my work. Whether drawing or painting, a dynamic rhythm flows from energetic mark-making. Only the essential is expressed. Sensitive, lively lines act as a conduit for my emotions."