Richard Otford Russell
Richard Russell was born in Alvechurch, Worcestershire. He excelled in art at School but his career took a different path and for most of his professional life Richard designed and built industrial ovens and furnaces. In his free time he continued to paint and attended evening classes so as to cultivate his talent in landscape painting.
Richard is inspired by the natural world and the beautiful countryside that surrounded him throughout his childhood and early adult life. In his thirties he moved to the Essex Coast and the big open skies, muddy shorelines and tidal waters that made a lasting impact - echoed in much of his work.
ARTIST STATEMENT: "This recent series of paintings were created at an extraordinary time in world events when I had time to get out and enjoy the exceptional Spring weather. I revisited the places I had discovered in my youth. Fladbury and Pershore lie in close proximity to each other along the River Avon. I remember kayaking on this stretch of the river. It was utterly idyllic. Shimmering water bathed in sunshine with Swallows and Dragonflies darting around us".