The Art of Randee Savage

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Randee Savage's guitar and art are both vitally important to her. But when pressed, Ms. Savage says she prefers painting because it is more in her control. "The colors and the paints are right there," she says.

She started painting and taking photos as a child with her Brownie camera. As a teenager, Ms. Savage says, she ran away from home. She landed in a reform school in upstate New York, where her art teacher encouraged her work. After high school, Ms. Savage attended the Vancouver (B.C.) School of Art.

Although she loved studying in Vancouver, Ms. Savage returned to her hometown--New York City--but stayed for only a year because of a nervous breakdown triggered by drug use. As part of her rehabilitation, Ms. Savage studied art at the Pratt Institute and the School of Visual Arts, both in New York. This time, she studied film, animation and editing, and digital photography.

Over the years, she's found the combination of music and art as her source of strength. "Art helps me work through very hard, rough times," she says.

Ms. Savage worked in the film industry in postproduction facilities doing videotape operations for more than 15 years. She says she was originally misdiagnosed with schizophrenia and now has bipolar disorder. She is on disability but manages to continue her creative work.

"I love running around photographing things. It's like a hunt. I love manipulating things with PhotoShop," says Ms. Savage, adding that the geometrics in her paintings are influenced by computer animation. …