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
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 email@example.com if you would like to purchase one! Free shipping/contact free delivery!
I am pleased to be participating in the first ever 2020 Virtual Portland Open Studios! Happening October 10-11 & 17-18 on Instagram, each artist will have a 30 minute time frame during these two weekends. You can catch my Instagram live talk on October 17 at 3:30. 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, either live or after the talk. I hope you will be able to tune in! 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.)
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!
I am honored to be featured in the latest edition of Realism Today, a weekly newsletter by Streamline Publishing. This interview took place after I attended the FACE Convention in Miami in November 2018, for which I was awarded a full scholarship. Thank you to everyone at Streamline Publishing! https://realismtoday.com/figurative-art-painting-portraits-musicians/