Randall Bruce Lake is a fine realistic portraitist and figure painter who also does exquisite still-life and landscape works. He paints in his studio in the Guthrie Building in Salt Lake City, at a studio and home in Spring City, Utah, as well as elsewhere in California and Europe. A graduate of the University of Utah (M.F.A., 1977) and one of Alvin Gittins's most talented students during that period, Lake was also highly successful post-graduation as a visiting member of the Department of Art studio faculty at the U of U. Otherwise, Lake is a fascinating character who has taken a romantic inclination to "live" in whatever time he wishes. A painterly master of the oil brush, Lake has managed to be not just the peer of Steve Fawson and other Guthrie artists but also a "kindred spirit" with John Singer Sargent, Thomas Eakins, or William Merritt Chase.