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
Portrait Artist
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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.

Email: russell.thomas@birdsongconnections.com
Phone: 780-881-3752
If you are interested in commissioning an original work, don't hesitate to get in touch.  The size and price options are shown above. You can also click here and download a printable copy. 

I have been absolutely humbled by the level of interest in my wild colour style.  In order to catch up with the requests and further explore where this painting thing might take me, I've announced my semi-retirement from my regular work in November 2017.  After that, I'll be devoting the majority of my time to art.