Randal Leek is an engineer by education. He received his M.S. Engineering degree from Washington State University. Eventually, his humanitarian assistance work took him abroad to Somalia, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, Albania, India, Pakistan, Sudan and, finally, Afghanistan for three years with the Department of State. He has been the featured artist in Magazines and his sculptures have been exhibited in the U.S. Embassy in Kabul and in Pac NW galleries including Yakima, where he now lives. Growing up on Puget Sound with family outings to the Cascades and later, mountaineering and skiing directly influenced his work and love of natural substances.
His sculptures capture the nature of the tree from which they came, including the natural grain and life-earned blemishes within. Some of the spectacular material used in his pieces (teak, balut, sycamore, sheesham, padouk, zebra wood, etc.) was found in the deserts and mountains (and local markets) of Sudan, Afghanistan, Gabon and Thailand, expressing their aged, dried and weathered essence.
The inspiration for his work comes from shapes and textured surfaces found in nature, refined in art by precise edges contrasting with the untouched roughness of exposed weathering of forms often found on the shores of Puget Sound and in the forests of the Cascades.