Russ is a contemporary realist painter, illustrator and designer. He is also an avid film enthusiast who developed “cine-mania” after seeing Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade in theatres as an impressionable eight-year-old in 1989. Movies have been a major source of inspiration for his art, illustration, and design ever since.
Russ is largely self-taught in artistic practice and technique, and his work is hand-drawn and painted using a variety of traditional mediums including acrylics, oils, and coloured pencils. He also incorporates design techniques and digital enhancements drawn from his years working in the architectural design industry. He began exhibiting and selling his artwork in 2015 and many of his paintings are held in private collections across Canada. He was also awarded Best in Show at the 2017 Sidney Fine Art Show for his painting “Jazz for the Lonely.”
In 2021, Russ combined his background in traditional fine arts with his love of cinema and began focussing on creating pop-culture themed illustrations with a painterly approach. He is now working on achieving new artistic goals including officially licensed movie, television and sports related artwork for global entertainment brands, pop-culture galleries, and publications.
He lives on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with his wife, son, and their rambunctious German Shepherd rescue dog.
Available and interested in movie, tv and pop culture related artwork:
Officially licensed freelance work including movie posters, cover/box art, Steelbooks, limited-edition gallery work
Book cover art, magazine and editorial illustrations
Private group commissioned alternative movie posters
To hire Russ for official/licensed projects, please email him with a description of your project and applicable details to determine feasibility (timeline, art budget, availability of photo references, etc.):
You can also follow Russ on Instagram and Letterboxd to keep up with his latest work, interests and movie reviews: