Russell Cushman is an artist, historian and community leader who has established a massive legacy in American art. A graduate of Sam Houston State University, Russell has worked over thirty years as a free lance artist, book illustrator and wildlife and history muralist. He has traveled and painted on location throughout the American West, the Caribbean, and New Zealand. On these pages you will see a rare diversity of subjects, including cowboys, wildlife, nautical, portraits, seascapes and landscapes. Still, Russell's favorite subjects are those relating to his Texas heritage, such as his thirty foot long Battle of
Galveston diorama at Houston Baptist University. Read an interview with him at: http://mycreativityblog.com
Born in Houston, Russell has been married for over thirty years to Linda, and they have lived in Navasota for twenty years, where they raised their daughter Raegan, now 22. They love the beauty and heritage of the Brazos Valley, and have been perfectly matched to this inspiring community. Russell has been instrumental in local historic preservation organizations, and has been elected twice to the Navasota City Council.
A master artist with rare versatility, he is a devoted scholar who can be counted on to create truthful and timeless imagery. Russell works equally well in oils, watercolor, acrylics and sculpts in clay, bronze, epoxy and steel. His monumental sculptures and epic-sized nature and historical murals are landmarks in the Brazos Valley of Texas. His most famous is a 140 foot mural depicting virgin Texas in 1845, which surrounds the second story interior of the Star of the Republic Museum at Washington on the Brazos.
One of his recent sculptures, a life-sized Texas longhorn steer, greets tourists at Terminal D in Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport. Russell has been a popular show judge and speaker for art leagues across Texas, where he speaks about Plein air painting, murals, and studio sculpture techniques.