Being that is maternal name is Claessen, Russell has always felt a deep connection to the Dutch tradition of still life, a genre in which that culture excelled. Whenever visiting his relatives in Belgium, he enjoys revisiting the region's great museums, drawing inspiration for his own works. He first developed an appreciation for the genre while studying under Ann Schuler, who in turn had trained under Jacques Maroger (former technical director of the Louvre).
Pumpkin Harvest, Oil on Canvas, 16x20, (FOR SALE)
Venetian Still Life, 16x20, Oil on canvas, (FOR SALE)