It began at 9 p.m. on a Tuesday. The date he doesn’t remember, but that Tuesday changed Randy Lambeth’s life forever.
At the time, he was struggling with a deep loss. He was friends with several artists and decided to learn to paint. The morning after the epiphany, he went to the library and checked out You Too Can Paint Watercolor Landscapes.
‘‘(The book) stressed materials and techniques,” said Lambeth, who purchased the best materials he could find on his quest to become a painter.
He painted a few landscapes and people wanted to buy them. He traded some early works to pay off some debts, he said.
That was about three decades ago, and he has been sketching and painting landscapes, people, and places that inspire him ever since.
His most recent works came after a visit to Edgefield County, S.C., to view the peach trees and their blossoms.
He usually draws a sketch of the scene before transferring the image and painting it.
He’s also painted some local scenes such as the defunct Squeaky’s Tip Top on Central Avenue, which holds a sweet spot in many Augustans’ hearts.
His work can be seen in area restaurants including 5 O’Clock Bistro on Kings Way, La Maison on Telfair and Manuel’s Bread Café in North Augusta.