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My mom, Victoria

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VICTORIA S. RUSSELL September 2, 1928 – August 29, 2022

My mom, Victoria, passed away on August 29th, just four days before her 94th birthday.  She was a wonderful artist, and specialized in portraiture, still life, and creating whimsical characters and subjects, both from life and from her imagination. She loved all of the arts, including dance, music, theater, and literature, and she shared that love with her family and friends. Mom found beauty everywhere, and will be remembered as a woman of grace, kindness, and generosity. Her artwork has been archived on her website for everyone to see at I love you, mom, and I’m forever grateful for the gift of art that you gave me.

Yehi zichra baruch “May her memory be a blessing”

Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival (past event)

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After three long years, the Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival has returned, and I’m thrilled to be participating in this amazing festival again!  Headliners include Diane Schuur, Poncho Sanchez, and The Yellowjackets!  For more information and tickets, visit


Oil Painters of America – Spring Show – 1st Place!


I am thrilled that Covid Blues has received the First Place Award from the Oil Painters of America’s Spring Online Show! Visit the Oil Painters of America website to see all of the award winning artwork: Prints of this painting are available! To read about the painting or to purchase prints, visit

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:
To read about the painting or to purchase a print, visit my painting page:

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!

Prints of “Covid Blues” are available!

Portland Open Studios 2021 (Past Event)


I’m so happy to be participating in the 2021 Portland Open Studios tour again this year, along with over 100 other artists around the Portland Metro area.  It will be in person this year, October 9,10,16 & 17! Masks will be required for entry, and will be provided at the door. This is always a great opportunity to see where artists work and to interact with the artists!  As in the past, I will be working on a new painting during the tour. My studio is #65 on the tour, and all of the studio addresses are available at the Portland Open Studios website, I’m looking forward to seeing everyone the weekends of October 9-10 & 16-17! 

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!

Prints of this painting can be found on my Jazz & Blues paintings page:

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 if you would like to purchase one! Free shipping/contact free delivery!

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!