At Her Vanity
24 x 40 in.

Art is not just something J. Russell does, he lives it. One cannot converse with him for long before the conversation has moved to some aspect of art and the creative process.
After graduation from the university with classes in printmaking, sculpture, drawing and painting; J. Russell was sought after by interior designers in Chicago to create custom pieces for their corporate and residential clients. “I am inspired by the beauty of the world around me and the human condition and seek to communicate my inspiration through the creative use of paint application and materials selection, mixing representational forms of art with contemporary ideas.”

“I take a workshop every year with an artist I admire who I believe can stretch me and teach me new ways to create, think and observe. Presently I am experimenting with creative ways of making marks using a variety of tools and using color and composition to better express the story or feeling I want the viewer to experience.”

Palette and Chisel Academy of Art, Chicago
American Academy of Art, Chicago
Northern Illinois University, BSed
William Rainey Harper College

Recent Shows
OPA Eastern Regional 2017, Award of “Excellence” for ‘Model Break’
NOAPS Best of America 2017, Award “Best Figurative Work” for ‘Allure’
Unlocking The Bible Fundraiser: Painting “The Sower” completed live and auctioned at the event
American Impressionist Society Small Works 2017
Portrait Society Award of NOAPS Signature Artist Group Show 2016, Honorable Mention “Out of the Box” category for ‘Free Bird’
“Thief on the Cross” one act play by Stephen Baldwin, Painting “Reconciliation” featured in the performance.
“Grasshopper” movie, commissioned painting “It’s Over”
NOAPS Online International 2014, Award of Excellence
NOAPS Best of America 2013, Award of Excellence
American Impressionist Society 2013
OPA Salon 2013
American Impressionist Society 2012
NOAPS Best of America 2012
OPA Eastern Regional 2011
OK Art, Oklahoma, Best of Show Award for ‘Longing’
23rd Annual Conservatory Art Classic, Bosque TX
22nd Annual Conservatory Art Classic, Bosque TX
Barns & Farms National Juried Competition 2007
OPA Eastern Regional Miniature 2007
OPA Eastern Regional 2005

Professional Memberships
OPA, Oil Painters of America
Portrait Society of America
Art Renewal Center
American Impressionist Society
NOAPS, National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society, Signature Status

R. S. Hanna Gallery, Fredericksburg, TX


Instagram: jrussellwells

Email: [email protected]

In addition to his studio painting J. Russell Wells is nearing completion on a Book about contemporary artists describing their artistic epiphanies which have impacted their careers.


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