Russell's desire to paint comes in large measure from his love of the West, its people and the variety of experiences they find themselves in. Born the son of Marine Corp parents, Russ spent time drawing the military activities around him. His imagination for stories grew even greater with his family's move to Arizona. The cast of characters and color of the desert provided Russ with endless possibilities for paintings and drawings. His capacity to illustrate increased when at 17, he became the youngest staff artist at A & M Associates, the ad agency for U-Haul International. His advances in art continued back in California at the Art Center College of Design. Upon graduation with a B.F.A.
in Illustration, Russ returned to Arizona. Working on the family ranch in Arizona, he also worked on illustration accounts during the day and pursued western art at night. A short time later he made the transition to painting westerns full-time. Russell's versatility led him to create and publish a series of paintings on cowboy golf. Russ now concentrates on painting Western American Realism. Russ currently resides with his family in the White Mountains of Arizona.