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Mark Russell

Mark Russell has been creating landscape and nature paintings for more than 20 years. Through his workshops, he enjoys sharing information and techniques with an emphasis on exploration and creating within individual styles. His workshops are a mix of hands-on experimentation and instructor demos with an emphasis on encouragement, exploration, and creativity for participants of all levels.

Mark’s oil paintings focus on landscape and nature. Surface provides inspiration: the texture of a rock, the edges of a cloud, the reflections and movement in water, the veil of light on a hazy day. He builds layer upon layer to the surface of his paintings, through a process of scraping, rubbing, adding and subtracting. As in nature, some moves are bold while others are more subtle, like the trickle of a stream on a mountainside or the constant motion of waves on a rocky beach. Each painting starts with a plan and, at times, can veer off path to reveal a surprise.

He has exhibited his work in group shows with galleries and museums across the country. He has won numerous awards and is an Illinois Arts Council Grant recipient. His paintings are included in private and corporate collections. Previously, Mark was an award-winning designer focusing on consumer goods packaging graphics. He holds degrees from DePaul University and The American Academy of Art in Chicago.

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