nancy mona russell

My paintings are abstractions of visual memories, or, rather than being something remembered, the work is a process of discovery.

The acrylic paintings start with charcoal on the gesso surface. Sometimes it is a road map for the painting, and other times the drawing is only the departure. The surface, colors, and shapes take on a life of their own, a distillation of the experience of making the artwork.

The oil stick paintings on panel are made, without a brush, using oil sticks composed of pigment with linseed oil and natural wax. The immediacy of painting directly on the surface is almost like painting with my hands, reminiscent of the joy of finger paint as a child.