Along Pleasant Bay (Study)
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Russell graduated from the Connecticut Institute of Art in 1991. Shortly thereafter he won his first award the Presidents Choice Award from the Greenwich Art Society in Greenwich, CT. His first solo exhibition was at the same time at the Stamford Art Association in Stamford, CT. He has since gone on to have several solo shows in both privately owned galleries and public institutions such as the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, The Cahoon Museum of American Art, Osterville Fine Art and the Chatham Village Gallery, to name a few.
At the age of 22, Russell made the first of three instructional videos for the Double Diamond Corp. These videos can be found in middle schools and college libraries across the country. Besides creating instructional videos, Russell has taught classes and workshops for ASMA, the Cape Cod Art Association and the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, as well as painting demonstrations for the Cahoon Museum of American Art, The Maine Maritime Museum and other local Art Associations and galleries.
Russell' philosophy is based on a strong belief in plein air painting. He says "The greatest education on painting and reference I get, are the hours I spend in the field with my easel observing and recording the natural world." His love for marine subjects stems from growing up along Long Island Sound and eventually moving to Cape Cod to further pursue his art.