Russ was a creative child born in Ottawa to a military family that moved around … a lot. He spent his younger years in Newfoundland, and that east coast culture and landscape had a profound influence on him. He studied Commercial Art & Design and Small Business Management at Algonquin College, and worked as a commercial artist in Ottawa for many years. He returned to university and spent four years studying theology, eventually becoming a community clergy. It was always part of Russ’ dream to ultimately return to focus full time on his creative arts, which has become a reality in his Ottawa home studio.
Russ is a realist/magic realist acrylic painter. He is inspired by artists such as Alex Colville, Christopher Pratt and Mary Pratt. For numerous years he and his wife have spent a part of each summer along the south shore of Nova Scotia. He is also drawn to artists such as M.C. Escher, Edward Hopper, and Salvador Dali. At the 2014 Ottawa Art Expo he was the recipient of the “Ottawa Humane Society Animal Art Award”.
In recent years the artist has become much more cognizant of his Algonquin heritage. Russ appreciates the complexity of life. He looks for, and paints the details that exist in and behind everything he sees. He finds elements of the sacred in common everyday events. He invites you to come and view his paintings, and to see with him a beauty that expresses itself in the depth and detail of contemplative mystery.