Randy L Purcell was born in Paducah, Kentucky in 1968. His path to becoming an artist was quite nontraditional. His resume included construction, the Army Reserve, deckhand on a riverboat, uranium enrichment, and sales to name a few. In 2000 he moved to Nashville still searching for the right career, and at the age of 37 he pursued an interest in the arts and enrolled at MTSU. In 2009 he received his BFA in both painting and sculpture. Since graduating he has mainly focused on a unique encaustic process where he transfers ink from magazines onto a thin layer of beeswax. The subjects of his paintings relate to his life’s experiences. His work can be found in both private and corporate collections throughout the United States, and he has a few public art pieces located in the Nashville area.