Born into the third generation of a ranching family east of Sheridan, Stout graduated from Sheridan High School and attended Sheridan College. His career path led Randy to log home building primarily in Sheridan County, but as far away as Arizona, Nevada, and Alaska.  During all of his years of school, log building, and caring for his family, Randy maintained a steady interest in art. He illustrated letters, sketched on trips, and drew caricatures on greeting cards.

In the early 1990s, Randy began studying watercolor with Sheridan artist Nancy Buening and so it began. Although he paints urban landscapes in England, Scotland, and Wales, finding watercolor as a means of expressing his life in the Big Horn Mountains became his focus.  He has never lived further than 15 miles from these mountains.

Randy continues learning from local teachers, nationally known artists, art publications, constant observation of others’ work, and a strong desire to understand – something.

“Watercolor is the perfect medium for chasing colors, values, shapes, and reflections of sunlight through this amazing world. My art is a vain attempt to express the wonders of reality, truth, and beauty as I see them through my imperfect vision, feel them with my limited grasp, and experience them in my limited time.” Randy Stout