Mary Russell

(1947 - present)


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Mary Russell was born in 1947 outside of Chicago. A member of the Pastel Society of America and Oil Painters of America, she has trained in the tradition of the Old Masters and has been featured in American Artist and Southwest Art magazines.

Mary currently lives and works in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
A Mary Russell still life is a melding of influences that include the combined knowledge of her artistic training with living artists and the focused personal study of deceased masters’ work.

She works from life with natural light and prefers to paint on panels that she prepares herself. Her method of working is in the traditional manner of thin to thick paint and dark to light. The finished result is that of a masterful contemporary painting in a unique arrangement.

Mary is a member of the Pastel Society of America and the Oil Painters of America. Her resume includes many awards and gallery exhibitions including:
Salon International 2003 – Second Place
Oil Painters of America, Gamblin Award of Excellence
Pastel Society of America, National Arts Club, Manhattan
Gilcrease Museum: Rendezvous, Invitational Demonstrating Artist, Annual Miniature Show
Six-person show: Morris & Whiteside Gallery, Hilton Head Island
One-man show: E. S. Lawrence Gallery, Aspen
Two-man show: M. A. Doran Gallery, Tulsa

Her publications include feature articles in Southwest Art magazine, American Artist magazine and American Art Collector. Mary was also selected as an exemplary artist, providing tips and instructions to the reader in the international publication entitled “How Did You Paint That?”.