Author Archives: Diane Russell

PDX Art – Portland International Airport

It is an honor to be a featured artist at Portland International Airport this year!  The exhibit, titled “Portland Soul:  Portraits in Jazz & Blues”, is on display on Concourse E from February through July 2016.  This exhibit features many of my portraits of the Portland blues and Jazz musicians whose music has inspired me to do the work that I do.  As I was putting this show together, I started thinking about all the musicians I have painted and how many more I would still like to paint (or draw).  Some are still with us, and sadly many have passed away in recent years.  It began to dawn on me that my work is becoming a documentary of sorts, which hopefully will evolve into a book as soon as I have enough portraits finished!  To see more about my exhibit, and others at PDX, visit the Port of Portland’s PDX Art Program.

Photo credit:  Dan Kvitka

(Past Event) Portland Open Studios

OCTOBER 10-11 & 17-18, 2015
I am participating in the 2015 Portland Open Studios tour this year, along with over 100 other artists around the Portland Metro area.  This is a great opportunity to see where artists work and to interact with the artists.  There are two ways to see the tour – purchase the $15 Tour Guide with color images of the artists work and a map of studios (available at all New Seasons stores) or download the PDXOS mobile app for $4.99.  Either way will work!  Hope to see everyone the weekends of October 10-11 & 17-18!  More information at Portland Open Studios.

(Past Event) Mt. Tabor Art Walk

MAY 16-17 2015


5015 SE Hawthorne, Portland OR

This is my ninth year participating in one of the best art walks in Portland. The neighborhood is home to many artists who will be showcasing their work, and this year I will be hosted by Realty Trust, 5015 SE Hawthorne. Visit the MTAW website for a free map: Mt. Tabor Art Walk I will have new drawings on display, plus I’ll be working on a new drawing at the show! Hours are 10am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday, May 16-17.

Liana III

It’s always a great feeling to start off the New Year with a new portrait painting. This year is especially meaningful to me, because before I started this painting in early December, I hadn’t painted in almost a year. As an artist, that long absence from painting can make one feel very hesitant to bring out the brushes and canvas again. There’s the feeling of being out of practice, and even worse… fear of not being able to paint anything at all! Well, I got out my brushes, relished in the familiar smells of the oil paints as I mixed my palette, and took a deep breath and started to paint. Trusting that all my years of painting experience had not disappeared, I began the process of building my painting. I paint in layers, and for the first time I’ve documented this process in a slideshow. I’m still not quite finished, but it’s mostly there. I’m going to set it aside for awhile, and then see if there’s anything else it needs…

(Past Event) Mittleman Jewish Community Center

JANUARY 12–16 2015



6651 SW Capitol Highway, Portland OR

My portraits of jazz musicians will be on display in the MJCC lobby during the week of January 12-16, in conjunction with George Fendel’s Jews in Jazz workshop and concert on Thursday January 15. The free concert, offered at 1:20 and repeating at 7pm, will feature music from famous Jewish jazz musicians presented by George Fendel, a local jazz pianist and radio DJ. I will be working on a new pencil portrait in the lobby during George’s presentations.

Linda Hornbuckle

The first musician portrait I painted was in 1998, and my subject was Linda Hornbuckle.  For the painting (which appeared on her CD “Clearly”) I photographed her at Music Millenium, and later in her living room as she sang.  Sadly, Linda passed away last week, after a two year battle with cancer.  I will always remember this beautiful woman and her beautiful voice.  The community will always remember her as the great soul diva of the Northwest. Tonight, I am donating a large print of the painting at “More Love for Linda”, an all-star benefit to help with her medical costs.

To attend, or donate, visit—A-Community-Benefit-for-Linda-Hornbuckle-featuring.  A video tribute featuring Linda singing Amazing Grace, accompanied by the late Janice Scroggins…