NY Figurative Show – Certificate of Merit!


I am very honored to have received the Certificate of Merit Award at the prestigious NY Figurative Show at the Salmagundi Club in NYC! The show was held in January 2022, and even though I wasn’t able to travel to the reception, my painting traveled there! Below are the photos from the beautiful space that it was hanging in. For more information on the show and to see all the award winning artwork, visit the Salmagundi website: https://salmagundi.org/2022-scny-figurative/
To read about the painting or to purchase a print, visit my painting page: https://www.dianerussell.net/portfolio/covid-blues/

Portrait Society of America 2021 Finalist!


I’m thrilled that my painting “Covid Blues” has been selected as a finalist in the Portrait Society of America’s Members Only Competition in the “Outside the Box” category! This is the second year in a row that I’ve had a painting place as a finalist in this national competition, and it’s the 4th award for “Covid Blues”! The 60 winners in this category can be seen on the Portrait Society’s Facebook page, and it’s an honor to be included with all of these amazing artists! https://www.facebook.com/portraitsociety/posts/272168508268484

Prints of “Covid Blues” are available! https://www.dianerussell.net/portfolio/covid-blues/

BEST OF SHOW! OSA Fall Juried Show 2021!


BEST OF SHOW! And PEOPLE’S CHOICE! Oregon Society of Artists Fall Juried Show 2021!

I am very honored that Covid Blues has received the Best of Show award at the Oregon Society of Artists Fall Juried Show! And the People’s Choice award too! Thank you to everyone at the OSA and to Aimee Erickson, the juror and amazingly talented artist! The show is up until September 25th at the Oregon Society of Artists, 2185 SW Park Place, Portland. https://www.osagallery.org/2021-fall-oil-based-media-show

Prints of this painting are available! https://www.dianerussell.net/portfolio/covid-blues/

Portrait Society of America 2020 Finalist!


I am thrilled to share that my painting of Trombone Shorty was selected as a Finalist in the Portrait Society of America’s Members Only Competition in the “Outside the Box” category! This is a such a sweet achievement for me, since I have been entering this national competition for the past fifteen years! The 45 winners in this category can be seen on the Portrait Society Facebook Page, and I have to say it is so cool to finally see one of my paintings included with all of these wonderful artists! https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?vanity=portraitsociety&set=a.10158915631467429

Prints of this painting can be found on my Jazz & Blues paintings page: https://www.dianerussell.net/portfolio/trombone-shorty-2/

Portland Open Studios 2020 – 8×10 Original Drawings!


PORTLAND OPEN STUDIOS 2020 SPECIAL! My small 8×10 original drawings are only available during Portland Open Studios weekend! Scroll down to see the drawings below, and email me at diane@dianerussell.net if you would like to purchase one! Free shipping/contact free delivery!

Portland Open Studios 2020 YouTube video!

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I am pleased to have created my first YouTube video as part of the 2020 Virtual Portland Open Studios! And check out my Instagram live talk from October 17, 2020. I will take you on a tour of my gallery of paintings and drawings, and will have a special selection of small 8×10 original drawings available for sale. I will also be able to answer your questions, so feel free to contact me! My Instagram link is https://www.instagram.com/dianerussellart/. For more information on the virtual tour, visit the Portland Open Studios website, https://portlandopenstudios.com/. (Video editing by Liana Kramer and Motaz Hussein.)

Jazzmyn/Pet Portraits

On April 2, 2020, I had to say goodbye to my beautiful little kitty Jazzmyn.  She was the sweetest cat I’ve ever had, and I miss her so much.  She was with me for thirteen of her 16.5 years, and she helped me through some very difficult times.  Jazzmyn was my constant companion in the studio, spending lots of time on top of drawings that I was trying to work on, and jumping on top of my printer while it was printing.  She loved to watch me while I was painting, and she followed me everywhere! I was hospice caring for her during her last few weeks, and I’m glad I did so many drawings of her over the past few years. It is wonderful to have these drawings to remember her by now that she’s gone. My drawings of her have inspired me to do more pet portraits, and if they inspire you to have a pet portrait done too, feel free to contact me for more info! Charcoal pencil portrait prices start at $100 for an 8×10 portrait, or $300 for a 15×19″ portrait! Email me with any questions, and I’ll be happy to answer!




Figurative Art Convention & Expo Scholarship

I am very honored to have received one of seven scholarships to attend the 2018 Figurative Art Convention & Expo, November 7-10, in Miami Florida!  This amazing event, put together by Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, will feature demos and lectures by the country’s top portrait artists.  I’m looking forward to attending, and meeting and learning from these wonderful artists!  More information on FACE can be found at https://figurativeartconvention.com.



2017 Rose Festival Queen official portrait


It was an honor to paint the official portrait of the 2017 Rose Festival Queen, Michaela Canete. The portrait was unveiled at the Oregon Society of Artists, where it will be on display for the month of June. It then will join four other portraits of previous Rose Festival queens at the Rose Festival Building on SW Naito Parkway in Portland. Thank you to the Oregon Society of Artists, the Portland Rose Festival, and to Michaela Canete for being such a wonderful model!  KPTV Fox 12 news was there to capture the unveiling, and filmed this short video! http://www.kptv.com/…/36th-annual-rose-festival-art-show-op… Photos of Michaela’s reaction to the portrait courtesy of Liana Kramer.