Russell lives in Glens Falls, New York USA where he has his studio. Born in Niagara Falls, Russell attended the New School of Art, Toronto, Canada, the Center for Music, Drama and Art in Lake Placid, New York and the University of New York at Plattsburgh.
Solo exhibitions include the Salem Art Works in Salem, NY and Castleton University, Castleton, Vermont. Invitational exhibitions include the Brattleboro Museum in Vermont, USA, Albany Center Gallery, Albany, NY USA, and the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center.
His work is included in the collection of the Albany Institute of History and Art and private collections
I am captivated by the energized line naturally found in the strength and determination of the vine tendril. I use the vine tendril as my drawing tool, as my mark, as three dimensional line. My process centers around the selection of individual tendrils, each having a complex simplicity… which once interwoven create a fluid shape, a composition.
I seek to create movement, fluidity, and variations in density stemming from the thickness of each tendril and its placement within the whole. I alter the appearance of the tendril’s thin bark with burnishing techniques and coatings of clear shellac – ‘freezing’ the tendril’s line before the organic process of decay would return it to part of the forest floor. In making these works I am interested in creating a visual interplay with what is natural and when applied out of context creates pause for re-examination.