Drawing has been a part of Russell’s life since she was a kid in rural Nebraska. She bought her first paints when she found a job after high school. She was pretty much self- taught at first, but she took classes and workshops as her Navy husband was transferred around the world. She has been selling her artwork since 1972 when they were living near Carmel, California. Although she has taken time to raise a family and later run a wholesale art pottery business, she has been painting all of her life. She paints predominantly in oils, she also works in pastel and watercolors. Favored subjects are varied—landscapes, still life, and florals. She tries to capture a “particular moment in particular place”, whether it be shadow cast on a mountain meadow, the gold of a NM sunset, or the light on a flower in a still life. Although she occasionally paints on location, more often than not, she will sketch and use photos for reference. She usually sets up a still life using items that she has collected in their travels. Russell has had one-man shows in Monterey, California, Charleston, South Carolina, Palm Springs, California, and Scottsdale, Arizona. She has shown and won awards in several juried local shows, including NM Arts and Crafts Show, Expo! New Mexico. She shows at Amapola Gallery in Albuquerque and Gabriel Gallery in Santa Fe.