Over 160 portraits and counting, Russell continues to evolve his wild colour style with subjects ranging from famous people to local heroes
Whether large meeting or small focus groups, Russell helps get results
From social media to freelance writing, Russell has over 20 years of experience as a professional communicator
RUSSELL THOMAS is a self-taught artist who explores portraiture through the use of bright striking colours and frenetically applied lines and splatters. The results are riveting and revealing. His style, reminiscent of fauvism, developed following his murals of Métis Elder Elsie Yanik and Dorothy McDonald, the first female First Nation Chief in Alberta. Thomas is becoming widely known for his portraits of local people, celebrities and historical figures including Jack Avery, Pope Francis and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, just to name a few.
Based in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, Thomas is also a community builder, facilitator, communications and marketing strategist, social media guru, and prolific blogger and freelance writer. Employed by the United Way of Fort McMurray and a principal with Birdsong Connections, Russell is married to Heather and “Papa” to Dylan and Ben.
If you would like to download a free program of "Wild Colour Portraits", please click here. Many of the people who follow my work are in locations across Canada and the U.S., and will be unable to see it in person.
The exhibition is available for public viewing between November 10, 2016 - January 28, 2017 at the MacDonald Island Community Art Gallery located on the second floor of the Suncor Community Leisure Centre. It is graciously sponsored by the Kirschner Family Corporation.