Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Artist - Gregg Russell

Gregg Russell is a local plein air painter residing in Boise, ID. He was born in Upland, California in 1977 and one year later moved to Idaho and began what he refers to as "a love affair with the majestic Idaho landscape". As a boy, Gregg roamed the hills of Idaho hunting and fishing. He credits his father for exposing him to Idaho’s beauty.

Later, Gregg began to express that sentiment through his art. His love for the outdoors led to the discovery of “En Plein Air” painting. He has been influenced by many of today’s plein air masters such as Scott Christensen, Ovanes Berberian, Robert Moore, Gregory Packard and Kathryn Stats. These influences, along with hours of painting, have led to many successes. His work hangs in private collections throughout the United States.

In 2005, Gregg was awarded the Stanley R. & Robert E. Wright Foundation Scholarship to study at the Scottsdale Artist School. He has participated in several national juried shows including the American Impressionist Society’s National Juried Show and the Scottsdale Artist School’s Best and Brightest. Most recently, Gregg was selected as the 2007 Idaho Paints Grand Prize Winner for his painting “Weiser River Winter,” sponsored by The Eastern Idaho Art Museum. His work hangs in the Permanent Collection at the Eastern Idaho Art Museum, The City of Meridian, and Jean-Pierre Boespflug, former CEO of Tamarack Resort.

The West-Geyser Basin - Yellowstone

Sawtooth View

Weiser River Spring

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