Randy Thomae is a photographer who lives and works in the mountains of Colorado. Dedicated time in the field chasing light and emotion creates uplifting art that explores the nature of hope, which Thomae defines as finding joy through darkness. A relentless drive for perfection and obsessive focus on detail enable large scale printing up to 8 feet wide.
Raw emotion, unbridled creativity, and technical excellence combine to produce original, painterly, semi-abstract landscapes. Seeing the world through a long lens inspires intimate landscapes that draw the viewer into the essence of an emotion experienced outside. The artist composes his abstract landscapes using his mastery of distortion through tools such as reflections, too much light, too little focus, and long shutter speeds.
When the temperature drops and the snow falls, Randy shoots winter landscapes and ski racing. Bringing his approach to landscapes to shooting his two daughter’s ski racing led him to develop an action photography niche - tight ski racing photography shot on course, in very high resolution, again allowing for 8' feet wide prints. Capturing the excitement and breathtaking beauty of ski racing for fine art prints, editorial, and commercial clients has allowed him on course access to shoot the highest levels of ski racing - World Cup and collegiate - for his Fine Art and clients such as Ski magazine and Eldora Mountain Resort.
Thomae earned a graduate degree in engineering from MIT. When Denver’s Edison Elementary school decided to eliminate art due to budget cuts, he founded Art for Edison and raised $40,000 in 4 months with more than 50 volunteers to save the art program. Following a life changing health event, Randy taught himself photography which he now pursues full time. His artwork has been shown at juried artfairs across Colorado. He lives in Boulder, CO with 2 daughters and a black Lab named Boston. Growing up in Vermont, Randy is passionate about winter, skiing, and ski racing.