Over 750 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 full-time artist based in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. He spent several decades in marketing, communication and administration leadership roles with a number of organizations including OK Radio Group, Keyano College, Arts Council Wood Buffalo and The United Way of Fort McMurray. He has served on a number of boards over the years, both locally and provincially, and was the long-time president of a local visual and performing arts festival called interPLAY. Russell ran for public office in 2010 and was elected as a regional councillor in Wood Buffalo. He served a single term before losing an election in 2013. He enjoys noting that he is “a recovered politician”. His artistic awakening happened in 2014 at the age of 47. As part of his creative pursuits, he began to discover that his developing skills and growing audience gave him a great platform for philanthropy. He has performed live paintings at numerous major events throughout Alberta, which along with high profile donated paintings, have helped raise funds for multiple charities and causes. Russell has recently joined the board of a charity called Bracelets 4 Buildings after having been inspired by their humanitarian work in Cambodia.

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 download a printable copy by clicking here.