Russell was born in London. After finishing school and art college he worked in the advertising and marketing industry notably at Vogue Magazine and Harpers Bazaar Magazine. Following 15 successful, formative years he emigrated to Australia. After working in the Australian advertising and marketing industry, which involved a good deal of travel throughout Asia, Europe and beyond, he decided that it was time for a change. Painting is now front and centre. He usually works with acrylic paints and other mediums such as gel and plaster mainly using palette knives. Russell is an environmentalist which means that Landscape painting has become the focus of his attention. His love of ballet and dance provides him with the inspiration for this particular subject matter.
My Art? It is simply interpretation, thats all. I work with acrylic paints, adding gel allows me to push and pull the paint around, to blend it and importantly achieve that impasto style.
Nature and our environment is the motivation behind my landscape painting. Our environment needs to be managed with great care, it is heart breaking to see the continual lack of respect shown by so many for something so important and beautiful. I hope my work provides a reminder of an environment in better times free of plastic litter, fracking or reservoirs of coal ash for example. There are so many beautiful places to visit and paint. I have many favourite places.
How do I start? Well it’s simple. I have either photographic references from visits to particular places or perhaps supplied by a client. I prefer to paint in the flat. Painting for me is a form of meditation, I am transported to the subject that I am working on. I am reminded of the time, the smells, the feeling and in particular the realisation of how insignificant we as humans are in the whole scheme of things, present as we are for such a short time it is critical that our interaction with our surroundings is a positive one.
I see landscapes in sections – sky, ocean, land whatever there might be, the shadows, reflections and the light pull them all together to make the whole picture.
How would I like viewers of my artwork to respond? Positively of course, I would hope that their curiosity is aroused and that they are enticed by the different textures which hold their attention as they find themselves in the heart of the work.