Joe G Russell (1926-2008) Paiting
About Joe G Russell (1926-2008) Paiting
Joe Greer Russell was born in Austin, Texas, August 23, 1926 to Gladys Greer Russell and Joe A. Russell. He began to put his view of Texas down on paper at age four. As he grew up, his Grandfather Will and Great Grandfather Hardin Russell were sheriffs of Blanco County. Joe and his father were accomplished horsemen and enjoyed membership in the Capital City Mounted Posse, a precision-riding club. These interests united with his art in early drawings of horses and riders as well as western scenes painted in oils.
First studying agriculture in college, he became serious about art at the University of Texas. A commercial art career at the prestigious Graphics Studio in Austin led to directing art at the Texas A&M Press in College Station. During this time he also worked in his home studio and became affiliated with galleries in Houston and Austin. He then decided it was time to follow his heart. In 1966, Joe moved his family to Kerrville where he began painting in oils full-time. Joe continued his studies in Cloudcroft, New Mexico and at the Banff School of Fine Art in Alberta, Canada. He concentrated on portraiture for several years at the Marion Koogler McNay Museum in San Antonio, Texas. The hilltop studio he had built and loved was at the end of a typical ranch road south of Kerrville.
Joe G. Russell would have told you that experience was his best teacher…that it led to creating a style and technique all his own. He was a quiet unassuming gentleman who preferred to let his art do his talking for him. When a subject matter made its way into his heart and mind it blended with his honesty and clear view of how wonderful this world around us really is as he put it down on canvas. He was inspired by God's creations. Inviting the viewer to go riding on his hillsides, take a dip in the cool streams, or explore each building tucked into his landscapes. His skies are magic carpets to escape on. The eyes of the people he portrayed appear to harbor their own stories. Joe became a member of the Texas Cowboy Artists Association in 1981. He frequently exhibited with them and the Southwest Classic Invitational Fine Art Show.
“ Texas Landscape” , c.1980s
Oil on canvas, signed lower left
15.5”h x 19.5”w, overall size 24” x 27”