After the war, Randall traveled to Eastern Europe, as arts correspondent for a Canadian news agency, where he witnessed and painted the post-war devastation of Yugoslavia and Poland. Randall and Helen settled in the North Beach area of San Francisco where they had a second child, Jonathan, in 1948. Five years later they left the United States for Canada, to escape McCarthyite anti-Communism. In 1956 Helen was killed by a car. Randall and his children returned to San Francisco in 1958, at the beginning of what was to be a literary and artistic renaissance in North Beach. Randall rented a studio and living quarters in the legendary City Lights Bookstore, owned by Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
Byron Randall's Second Wife, Emmy Lou Packard (pictured) with Frida Kahlo. Packard was Assistant to Muralist Diego Rivera in 1940.