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selected for an art gallery in washington dc

excited! i'm beaming at the rims to share this with you. it's a new opportunity for me. a big one. i mean huge. wiggle wiggle wiggle.

my dancing pants are on, and i'm feeling the rhythm. the inspiration is flowing. the creativity building inside me. so much to express. so much to share. 

i've got a gut feeling that makes me want to jump. jump with joy. i made this happen. i decided long ago what i intended. and consistently i am answered. my life is a joyous dance.

i've been selected from thousands of artists from around the world to be the portrait artist for a high profile gallery in washington dc, just steps away from the white house. right smack in the heart of the historic district of downtown georgetown. a high traffic, big business capital of the world. right on pennsylvania ave. adjacent to the four seasons washington, dc. a trip sounds in order.

everyone at the gallery i've talked too are so genuine and friendly. their words of praise of my work excite me to know we are joining forces. our relationship is off to a picture perfect start. they are amazing, truly amazing souls. it's fun to talk with them. every time we talk, we come up with new ideas for meaningful products to offer to their clientele. it's totally a win win for both of us. and that's the way it ought to be.

thank you! thank you! thank you!

i love when an idea becomes reality. and this seed was planted many, many years ago. 

i listened to my intuition, and i'm so glad i did. it is all unfolding in perfect harmony with my life.

my vibrant portraits speak to millions. they are filled with messages to your soul.

each painting i create, is unique. each painting is infused with vibrational healing. it's part of my creative process.

i love the flow of abundance to me. when i released the lagging feeling, that confusion that sense of worry that seemed to permeate my entire being, i land this new position.

i'm cleaning out the closets of my mind. i'm giving space for the new in my life. new thoughts, new experiences. new directions. new changes.

i'm feeling good. 

i'm currently working on 4+ large scale patriotic portraits for them. with many more to come.

the subjects are selected. the canvases are cut.

i've chosen 1/2" MDF board as the support. it is rigid. it is strong. I love the texture i create with this board. when applied in the right amount in the right fashion, it makes an bold statement.

i asked for guidance and guidance was given.

thank you

 

a morning of gratitude

3:30am. it's early.

i turn the alarm off. i choose to lay in a state of gratitude. i flood my mind with all that i am grateful for.

my bed that gave me comfort throughout the night. these sheets that kept me warm.

the love vibrating from my wife as she peacefully sleeps beside me.

i move closer to cuddle, feeling her wrap her arms around me. i smile. there is nothing more that i like better than a soft embrace, especially in the early morning hours.

i'm thankful for my hearing as i listen to the birds singing their songs - spring is back

i'm drawn to open my eyes, sight - what a gift. thank you, thank you, thank you.

inspiration builds inside me. i feel these colors are speaking directly to me. the sky transforms into a majestic array of beauty. peach hues, strawberry highlights, lilac clouds contrast this lightness. the evening sky a thing of beauty. always changing. always alive. always new. so fresh. so amazing. thank you.

capturing beauty in nature

capturing beauty in nature

i continue on closing my eyes again. thank you for my dream home. thank you for my life. thank you for this day.

the more i learn, the more engaged i become. i love the expansion that is happening. i can feel myself healing.

taking it a step further, i challenge my mind to consistently repeat, i approve of myself. i started this exercise a few days ago. at first i was struck by the silliness of this. if felt stupid. it felt wrong. why did i need to tell myself that i approve of myself. of course i do. why do i need to say? my ego treading on thin water attempts to freeze the pond of my mind.

i walk in step to my inner intelligence as i choose to recite these powerful four words over and over in my head.

far too long, i neglected to take care of me. i'm done worrying about what i did or didn't do in my past. i'm doing it now.

an ease flows over me.

i release the need to get up, to go to my 9-5 (technically speaking i've got a 7-4) for the next 2.5 hours.

i relax in the presence that i am.

awake. aware. alive.

i trust the process of life. all is well.

a day to focus on me

i finally have a day.

a day i don't need to go to my 9-5.

a day i don't need to be somewhere else.

a day i can focus on me.

and i am all hyped up, because today, i am going to paint. i have it in me. i'm energized for it. i'm all excited to do it. i tell everyone that that's what i'm doing.

but i couldn't do it. frustration. anger. resentment. guilt

you are too hard on yourself my soul caresses me. the time will come and you will know when you feel it. for now, enjoy this peaceful day. rejoice in being alive. breathe in the freshness of the spring air.

let go of your inner conviction that you needed to paint today. let that feeling subside. let it go. there is something better for you today. it is coming to you. trust and forgive yourself.

now affirm, i flexible and flowing. i am supported by life. 

art cannot be forced.

art needs to be a flow of prana.

and that's what makes your work so powerful. there is so much more to it than just paint, brushes and a canvas. your creations are communications with spirit. your paintings convey messages. you emit beauty, love, and freedom.

expressing my love by the ocean

expressing my love by the ocean

paint the message inside me

i am willing to release my fears. i am accepting the success that comes to me easily and quickly. i no longer need to live in guilt that others will be jealous of me when i am successful. that is something you created for yourself. no one imposed that belief on you.

i start a canvas this morning but am stopped before i can add any paint. the urge within me was a definite no! 

what is this? and why is it so forceful? and aren't i meant to let art out?

you were attempting to recreate an image because that is what you have done in the past. it is time for you to graduate onward. your next journey is to the big canvas. i mean BIG canvas. life-size. 

jump right into it. that is where your truest expressions are born. 

break past your fears of not knowing what to paint. you know exactly what to do. you must go within, you must access the depths of your soul. inspiration comes when you are in spirit. 

go for a walk, get outside, exercise, do yoga, meditate but do not force a creation that does not feel good to you.

maybe i'll read and write.

getting away from the canvas, i'm hungry. i indulge in a leftover meal of vegetable barley soup. 

create from that deepest place within you. let the magic spontaneously erupt onto canvas. trust. believe. have faith.

i am here to guide you derek, you are safe, all is well. i interrupted your pattern of thought earlier today. i interrupted you because you have been wanting more guidance. here it is. 

go bigger. go bolder. go from within.

your collectors come to you by the thousands. they want this channeled emotion. this bottled up energy inside you. it is alive with life energy. it energizes all who come into contact with it. it brings happiness and joy. it speaks volumes of the soul.

each of your paintings have meaning within them. they are more than just color. there is a message inside each and every one of them. paint that message.

this is what your collectors are looking for now.

let art out, let love in

as i sit here, i'm at a crossroads.

i'm blank.

and this is a strange for me. confusion.

is there something wrong with me?

am i really doing the right thing?

my soul reminds me, just ask.

immediately, my mind shouts back, NO! it won't work. don't do it. you will fail. you must work harder, fight more, and bear more pain.

no, no i don't, i finally admit to myself. you are an instrument for me to express my soul. i am not an instrument for you to manipulate any longer.

my soul backs me up, your mind will try to fight you when you try something new. you no longer need to let that thought that is created within your mind that was created from your past conditioning shape how you behave today in this moment.

you have an enormous power within you. you are meant for great things. and this is all part of your journey. it is all part of your understanding. when you see what others call problems as opportunities you shift. you shift your life to one of truth and abundance.

the choice is always yours.

you can choose to give up and feel unworthy, or you can stand up and embrace your divinity. your birthright. your passion.

your mind is a powerful tool. and with any powerful tool, you need to train it. you need to learn what works for you.

don't scold yourself. this is common and all part of your healing. you asked for guidance. and i'm here to give it to you.

your mind is programmed to behave a certain way. what you need to do is get at the root of that programming and change the program.

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference.
— serenity prayer, reinhold niebuhr

so i guide you to ask for guidance. ask for direction and be ready for the next breakthrough that is coming directly to you. be an instrument of love. flow with the natural rhythm of life and your world will unfold beautifully before your very eyes.

and then it hits me.

let art out + let love in.

yes! inspiration with meaning, channeled from my soul.

Oprah & Wayne Dyer Speak on the Art of Manifestation

these two souls have had a huge impact in my life, and i am so thankful their messages about life came to me. they were meant to be.

here is a short video of oprah and wayne dyer discussing the art of manifestation on the oprah winfrey network. - it's a must see for anyone wishing to bring more clarity and focus into their life.

this is the direction my art is moving into. so powerful to feel this guidance

as always, i'd love to hear from you, what was the most important idea from this video that you plan to apply into your daily life and why?

with love

derek russell
 

Celebrating the Visionary Wisdom of MLK

each and everyday, i allow my mind, body and spirit to be guided.

i train myself to let go of past limiting beliefs that no longer serve me.

i train my mind to release all my emotions giving me abundance in all that i do.

i train my mind to be free and open to all possibilities.

and by taking this time daily to go within, i create my world!

and today, i want to share the intentions i set forth through the wisdom of Martin Luther King Jr.

Prints  available here .

we all have a gift to share with the world. what is yours?

with love

derek russell
 

go after what you want

It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.
— Elinor Smith

i was reading an article the other day, i know i should have written down the website but i forgot, but i came across this quote by elinor smith and needed to share it. 

there is so much power in her words! 

so much so i want to repeat them so i remember to apply them in my life!

...people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. they went out and happened to things!

so so powerful

it's a great tuesday, it's the start of a new year, and i'm pumped

i'm ready to make things happen

opportunities are behind every door

it's my turn to start knocking

& unlocking the door to infinite possibilities.

i'm applying her wisdom right now as i write this blog

after i'm done, i'll be searching, researching and contacting interior designers, galleries, art advisors, & more to get onto their radar. i'm going to ask them questions. i'm going to rack their brains. they are the experts. it's time to start working smarter not harder. it's time to get more exposure. i can feel my art ready to explode out of me, and i want the world to hear it.

 
hanging loose with my wifey in hawaii!

hanging loose with my wifey in hawaii!

 

i'm making it big - it feels good to say that. hey i deserve it 

i'm building relationships with the right people 

i'm creating a business for myself that affords me the lifestyle i want

because i'm all about lifestyle design.

everything i do, i do because i am looking to spend more time with my family and friends doing the things i want to be doing. i want to be exploring. i want to be climbing mountains. i want to be making people laugh. i want to inspire. i want to heal.

if you resonate with my passion in this blog, please leave me a comment below. i'd love for you to share what tickles your funny bone, what inspired action do you want to take today that could change your life forever.

now go ahead and leave me a comment, you could even just say, hey derek, i'm here and i'm supporting you.

thank you for your wonderful insights

with magnificence

derek russell love
 

featured on the front cover of polity

thank you thank you thank you - i'm all smiles over here & feeling blessed

i just got word today from the university of connecticut. yes the university of connecticut! my art is seeing more and more eyes every day. it's exactly as i had predicted.

why am i so excited? what's so special?

UConn contacted me to use one of my paintings on the front cover of their political science journal, polity, for the october 2014 issue and it is released and public!

you can view the journal here:

and a close up of the cover page here.

it's my pablo picasso painting, only zoomed in and focused on his eye.

i'd like to take a moment to thank Kevin and all the publishers at Polity for working with me to make this happen.

i'll be writing a more formal press release later but i just needed to share this amazing news with you

thanks again for all your support. if you know of anyone that could benefit from my work, please leave me a comment below, i'd really appreciate any exposure you could offer me.

you rock

Top 10 Paintings of 2014

as i reflect on the past year, i realize that i grew -

i grew a lot!

it must have been my biggest growth year ever in terms of all areas of my life. & i'm so thankful.

& i'm even more pumped for my plans for 2015 - because it's going to be my BIGGEST year ever!

but before we head into 2015, i wanted to share my top paintings of 2014.

in no particular order...

 
"Boston Red Sox Celebrate", 20"x24", 2014, oil on canvas

"Boston Red Sox Celebrate", 20"x24", 2014, oil on canvas

 

let's see if the red sox can win the world series again in 2015! i know i'll be cheering them on.

this painting was created specifically for a boston red sox fan. she wanted something special she could give to her husband. it was energizing to recreate this celebration. a feeling came over me as i felt like i was on the field with them. a rainbow of colors surfaced giving this painting a vivid quality. her husband almost fell over with excitement when i unveiled it for him. he proudly displays it in their home in gloucester, ma

 
"Ayla & Dave Wedding Painting", 12"x16", 2014, oil on board

"Ayla & Dave Wedding Painting", 12"x16", 2014, oil on board

 

if there's one word i could use to describe this original wedding painting, it would be passionate!

 
"Governor Jeb Bush", 12"x16", 2014, oil on board

"Governor Jeb Bush", 12"x16", 2014, oil on board

 

i'm honored to be partners with gsv capital & brandlift as they have brought my art to many new levels this year. they asked me to depict in vibrant color some of the leaders in education as they wanted to show their support and generosity by gifting them their paintings. and what you see above & below are a series of portraits that were exhibited at the phoenician in scotsdale, az during the 2014 asu+gsv summit and then given to these influential people. governor jeb bush received his portrait and commented how good he looked. that's the beauty you can do with the brush

 
"Laurene Powell Jobs", 12"x16", 2014, oil on board

"Laurene Powell Jobs", 12"x16", 2014, oil on board

 

laurene powell jobs graciously accepted her painting from gsv capital

 
"Coach Lou Holtz", 12"x16", 2014, oil on board

"Coach Lou Holtz", 12"x16", 2014, oil on board

 

coach lou holtz smiled bright when he was given his portrait

 
"Magic Johnson", 12"x16", 2014, oil on board

"Magic Johnson", 12"x16", 2014, oil on board

 

magic johnson loved his!

 
"Secretary Penny Pritzker", 12"x16", 2014, oil on board

"Secretary Penny Pritzker", 12"x16", 2014, oil on board

 

secretary penny pritzker appreciated the gift and contacted me to put in on public display at the u.s. department of commerce.

 
"Reed Hastings", 12"x16", 2014, oil on board

"Reed Hastings", 12"x16", 2014, oil on board

 

reed hastings was very thankful for the kind gesture by gsv capital

 
"Samantha & Steve Wedding Painting", 12"x16", 2014, oil on board

"Samantha & Steve Wedding Painting", 12"x16", 2014, oil on board

 

another wedding painting depicting this couple's first dance to a live reggae band. the name of the song - love you more. both were blown away by how accurately this painting recreated their special moment at their wedding. tears even flowed - it was monumental!

 
"Bob Marley", 12"x16", 2012, oil on board

"Bob Marley", 12"x16", 2012, oil on board

 

a favorite by so many fans from around the world. many fine art prints have been sent all over the world. i'm excited to also announce this painting is being sold on musical products worldwide. swenk, a signapore based company, expects an explosion of sales in 2015.

what is your favorite painting i've created?

let us know in the comments below and tell us how art heals your mind, body & soul.

i'm so excited to hear what you share

with love & passion

Derek Russell
 

manifesting dreams into reality in 2014

a plan is nothing but a way for me to take inspired action. i find the process of planning is what truly opens up doors of opportunity for me. and right now at the end of 2014, i want to set myself up for success for the coming year by setting new goals. so join me as i share with you my success from 2014 and what worked and what i'd do differently over the coming year.

2014 started out with a bang and never let up.

hundreds of artists from Brazil, Philippines, United Kingdom, Kyrgyzstan, Australia, Turkey & Central Asia reached out to me thanking me personally for inspiring them to lead artistic lives. they all wanted to interview me - a truly inspiring time for me to know i'm helping others. but it's hard to find & balance the time. i'm in the works of writing a book so i can reach more creative souls.

Global Silicon Valley Capital commissioned me to create a series of portraits of iconic figures. some were to be licensed for use on their website, while others would be displayed at their office in Woodside, California. my goal is to build this relationship and over deliver every time.

 
Above: Custom crate with original paintings headed to Global Silicon Valley Capital  Below: Screen captures of GSV Capital's website

Above: Custom crate with original paintings headed to Global Silicon Valley Capital

Below: Screen captures of GSV Capital's website

 

meanwhile, i'd been trying to find a ring for kara, my twin flame, because i wanted to ask her to marry me. it took over 8 months & hundreds of jewelers until i discovered it. finally, i found the stone - a paraiba tourmaline from brazil. i had the stone set into a custom platinum band i designed to represent two waves crashing together. it was created by E.B. Horn in Boston, MA. thank you john!

needless to say i could hardly wait any longer. i needed to express my feelings for her. i popped the question on the top of her favorite mountain in the middle of winter during a blizzard. thankfully, she said yes.

man, i've been dreaming and visualizing this day since i was a freshman in high school. it feels so good to know i found the girl for me. i feel blessed knowing i can spend my life with her experiencing all the wonders of the world. dreams do come true with patience, dedication, and inspired action.

 
yup - we hiked the piper trail to the summit of Mount Chocorua for the proposal

yup - we hiked the piper trail to the summit of Mount Chocorua for the proposal

 

my mind was constantly racing with ideas as i was also trying to figure out a better way to market my art. how can i earn more passive income? i don't know about you but i'd rather be exploring the outdoors than working a 7-4 job. i know people do it - i've read books, i've heard stories, i've talked to people. my goal is to take a course in sales and marketing.

i teamed up with the vice president of Northern Composites out of Hampton, NH to bring motivation to their work place through words and art. it's a great start, and i'm super happy for this new relationship. now the question, how do i market to a larger audience? my goal is for my inspirational art prints to be in hundreds of hotels, businesses, schools + more this coming year

 
                                                   prints  available here

                                                   prints available here

 

i reached and passed 10K facebook friends! many thanks for my worldwide team of supporters - apparently i have a huge following in Korea. my goal is to triple that this year to 30K.

i collaborated with Prita Chhabra, a South Asian Recording Artist, Songwriter, & Activist to create a powerful image of her for the cover of her new CD. it was important for me to learn to take the necessary steps to make these connections. building lasting relationships is huge.

i signed many licensing contracts with schools and investment firms. my goal is to have 5 new major licensing contracts in 2015.

and then another dream came true. my art was gifted to leaders in education: Lou Holtz, Governor Jeb Bush, Reed Hastings, Magic Johnson, Donald Graham, Laurene Powell Jobs, & Secretary Penny Pritzker. check out the press release. my goal is be the artist the stars and leaders look to for art. oh and i plan to meet + greet all of them to show my appreciation for their support

 
5 of my paintings on display at the GSV + ASU Education Innovation Summit in Scotsdale, AZ

5 of my paintings on display at the GSV + ASU Education Innovation Summit in Scotsdale, AZ

 

and when the plane's soaring i know to stay in the cockpit. i was contacted by the U.S. Department of Commerce regarding my portrait of Secretary Pritzker as she wished to put it on public display at the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, DC. happy dance!

i moved in with my fiance! wow this really happened? my goal for 2015 is to buy our dream home. expansive views + natural light + nature + artist studio

 
Silly time with Kara as the sun fades

Silly time with Kara as the sun fades

 

every year i like to give back to my community. this year I created an original Tom Brady painting and donated it to Do it for Donna - a registered 501c non profit charity raising funds to assist in cancer research, assist individual families affected by the disease and assist other 501c non profits helping families affected by cancer. i want to raise the awareness through the power of art

 
tom brady prints  available here  - all proceeds go to Do it for Donna

tom brady prints available here - all proceeds go to Do it for Donna

 

galleries from one of the art capitals of world, NYC, are reaching out to me, wanting to exhibit my work. cheers to believing anything is possible. i'm making the goal to be represented by 5 new galleries this year

and the good times keep rolling. SWENK, a Signapore based company, connected with me to create violin cases with my artwork. they have huge plans and are anticipating to explode in 2015. my goal is to establish myself and my art on the global scale for healing and inspiration

 
here's a pic from the 2014 Musikmesse Shanghai Music Tradeshow

here's a pic from the 2014 Musikmesse Shanghai Music Tradeshow

 

i was given a very exciting opportunity to paint lake winnipesaukee - delivery of the painting and unveiling party to be in early 2015. my goal is to build this relationship with these collectors in 2015 & bring more artwork into their luxury estate homes.

happy happy day. i married kara on a true fall day. it was sunny, brisk and windy with the foliage in full bloom - just our style. we celebrated with our family and friends. when i finally got clear in what i wanted by taking inspired action, my dream girl, my best friend and lifelong adventure buddy came out of nowhere. cheers to making 2015 even more magical

 
Two thumbs up -  now let me turn around already

Two thumbs up - now let me turn around already

 

and then we took a once in a lifetime hawaiian adventure. it was spectacular. so much love, inspiration, & joy.

i'm proud to say at 29 i'm in the best shape of my life. thank you. my goal is to continue living a healthy lifestyle, cooking ayurvedic foods, & exercising daily so i can help others reach their goals.

 
Livin' it up in the warm tropical waters of Hawaii!!

Livin' it up in the warm tropical waters of Hawaii!!

 

my art success soared as i was featured on the front cover of the French Magazine, Pote à Pote. i plan to continue to build my fan base with my inspiring stories, art, & healing opportunities

art advisors from Boston, MA are reaching out to me for paintings to meet their clients needs. my goal is to be represented by 5 new art advisors in 2015

over the past year i have manifested so much abundance into my life. all of my dreams that i've been focusing on for years are appearing in my life with effortless ease. i am very thankful and count my blessings daily.

what goals are you setting for yourself in 2015?

let us know in the comments below and share as much detail as you can. we’re stronger together and your insight may be just the thing that someone else needs to find their strength to set goals & manifest their desires.

thank you for reading and contributing to our community. 

i’m deeply grateful to you and can’t wait to see what goals you share.

with joy & excitement

derek russell
 

art licensing opportunity from Signapore

i'm so excited. so very very excited.

i was contacted by the owner of SWENK, a Signapore-based company looking to bring musicians and artists together. 

they presented an offer to me I couldn't refuse. so thankful for life's blessings

and now my artwork is being sold on violin cases around the world. yes, around the world. WOW

check out the exhibit and display at the 2014 Musikmesse Shanghai Music Tradeshow.

 
 

products available here.

when i began opening up to the possibilities in life, the universe immediately answered.

i love when i can share beautiful experiences like this with you

as always, i'd love to hear from you.

what creative ideas do you have in mind for your life? write them down in the comments below and begin to manifest your desires.

joyfully

Derek Russell
 

"Innovation distinguishes between a leader & a follower."

Quote by Steve Jobs

Original Fine Art Oil Portrait Painting by portrait & nature artist Derek Russell

Original Fine Art Oil Portrait Painting by portrait & nature artist Derek Russell

About Derek Russell

Russell, born 1985, lives and works in the mountains of New Hampshire. His areas of interest include painting, health and wellness, higher consciousness, architecture, growth mindset, engineering, travel, sports, and adventure. And he is happily married to his wife, Kara.

His love for adventure started in college when he began traveling and exploring the beauty of the world and its amazing people, places and experiences. This is the energy he captures in each of his pieces.

The foundation for his art is grounded in a decade long interaction with the art of realism. Researching and learning the techniques of the old masters, he felt a calling to express himself with paint. For over 10 years, he continued to draw and paint in a very slow and precise way. An internal struggle to make his work perfect fought with his desire to paint. And he stopped for years.

After an intensive yearlong study under a Copley Art Master, his awareness changed. By engaging in a visual story with the live models he painted, he needed to paint faster.

And then one day, it clicked for him.

He put aside his analytical mind and let the colors speak to him. He coined the term “Free Spirited Realism” as a brand for his art. It is a dance between contemporary art and realism.

When viewing his work at a close range, areas are broken up and fit together only at a distance. As you advance toward his painting, it becomes more abstract, more fluid, and as you move away, it falls into focus and is realistic. At no two distances will the painting appear the same.

He has developed a dynamic way of combining abstraction with realism. In this technique, he is able to make the action within the painting as intense and exciting as it actually is in your direct experience.

He creates meaningful, engaging stories with a shower of bold, vibrant color that inspire people to open their minds and make a positive impact on the world.

Today, his art is collected in several countries around the world.

www.DerekRussellArtist.com

"You don't learn to walk by following rules, you learn by doing and falling over."

Quote by Richard Branson

Original Fine Art Oil Portrait Painting by portrait & nature fine artist Derek Russell

Original Fine Art Oil Portrait Painting by portrait & nature fine artist Derek Russell

About Derek Russell

Russell, born 1985, lives and works in the mountains of New Hampshire. His areas of interest include painting, health and wellness, higher consciousness, architecture, growth mindset, engineering, travel, sports, and adventure. And he is happily married to his wife, Kara.

His love for adventure started in college when he began traveling and exploring the beauty of the world and its amazing people, places and experiences. This is the energy he captures in each of his pieces.

The foundation for his art is grounded in a decade long interaction with the art of realism. Researching and learning the techniques of the old masters, he felt a calling to express himself with paint. For over 10 years, he continued to draw and paint in a very slow and precise way. An internal struggle to make his work perfect fought with his desire to paint. And he stopped for years.

After an intensive yearlong study under a Copley Art Master, his awareness changed. By engaging in a visual story with the live models he painted, he needed to paint faster.

And then one day, it clicked for him.

He put aside his analytical mind and let the colors speak to him. He coined the term “Free Spirited Realism” as a brand for his art. It is a dance between contemporary art and realism.

When viewing his work at a close range, areas are broken up and fit together only at a distance. As you advance toward his painting, it becomes more abstract, more fluid, and as you move away, it falls into focus and is realistic. At no two distances will the painting appear the same.

He has developed a dynamic way of combining abstraction with realism. In this technique, he is able to make the action within the painting as intense and exciting as it actually is in your direct experience.

He creates meaningful, engaging stories with a shower of bold, vibrant color that inspire people to open their minds and make a positive impact on the world.

Today, his art is collected in several countries around the world.

www.DerekRussellArtist.com

"I have a dream."

Quote by Martin Luther King Jr

Original Fine Art Oil Portrait Painting by portrait & nature fine artist Derek Russell

Original Fine Art Oil Portrait Painting by portrait & nature fine artist Derek Russell

About Derek Russell

Russell, born 1985, lives and works in the mountains of New Hampshire. His areas of interest include painting, health and wellness, higher consciousness, architecture, growth mindset, engineering, travel, sports, and adventure. And he is happily married to his wife, Kara.

His love for adventure started in college when he began traveling and exploring the beauty of the world and its amazing people, places and experiences. This is the energy he captures in each of his pieces.

The foundation for his art is grounded in a decade long interaction with the art of realism. Researching and learning the techniques of the old masters, he felt a calling to express himself with paint. For over 10 years, he continued to draw and paint in a very slow and precise way. An internal struggle to make his work perfect fought with his desire to paint. And he stopped for years.

After an intensive yearlong study under a Copley Art Master, his awareness changed. By engaging in a visual story with the live models he painted, he needed to paint faster.

And then one day, it clicked for him.

He put aside his analytical mind and let the colors speak to him. He coined the term “Free Spirited Realism” as a brand for his art. It is a dance between contemporary art and realism.

When viewing his work at a close range, areas are broken up and fit together only at a distance. As you advance toward his painting, it becomes more abstract, more fluid, and as you move away, it falls into focus and is realistic. At no two distances will the painting appear the same.

He has developed a dynamic way of combining abstraction with realism. In this technique, he is able to make the action within the painting as intense and exciting as it actually is in your direct experience.

He creates meaningful, engaging stories with a shower of bold, vibrant color that inspire people to open their minds and make a positive impact on the world.

Today, his art is collected in several countries around the world.

www.DerekRussellArtist.com

"Champions keep playing until they get it right."

Quote by Billie Jean King

Original Fine Art Oil Portrait Painting by portrait & nature fine artist Derek Russell

Original Fine Art Oil Portrait Painting by portrait & nature fine artist Derek Russell

About Derek Russell

Russell, born 1985, lives and works in the mountains of New Hampshire. His areas of interest include painting, health and wellness, higher consciousness, architecture, growth mindset, engineering, travel, sports, and adventure. And he is happily married to his wife, Kara.

His love for adventure started in college when he began traveling and exploring the beauty of the world and its amazing people, places and experiences. This is the energy he captures in each of his pieces.

The foundation for his art is grounded in a decade long interaction with the art of realism. Researching and learning the techniques of the old masters, he felt a calling to express himself with paint. For over 10 years, he continued to draw and paint in a very slow and precise way. An internal struggle to make his work perfect fought with his desire to paint. And he stopped for years.

After an intensive yearlong study under a Copley Art Master, his awareness changed. By engaging in a visual story with the live models he painted, he needed to paint faster.

And then one day, it clicked for him.

He put aside his analytical mind and let the colors speak to him. He coined the term “Free Spirited Realism” as a brand for his art. It is a dance between contemporary art and realism.

When viewing his work at a close range, areas are broken up and fit together only at a distance. As you advance toward his painting, it becomes more abstract, more fluid, and as you move away, it falls into focus and is realistic. At no two distances will the painting appear the same.

He has developed a dynamic way of combining abstraction with realism. In this technique, he is able to make the action within the painting as intense and exciting as it actually is in your direct experience.

He creates meaningful, engaging stories with a shower of bold, vibrant color that inspire people to open their minds and make a positive impact on the world.

Today, his art is collected in several countries around the world.

www.DerekRussellArtist.com

Known for his unique style & originality, his client’s make extreme visual statements by working with Derek. His rock star hair and flair for going big, bold and vibrant creates that impact clients want. He has a natural sense of aesthetics and an expertise in bringing power & life to his paintings. His honest, respected, & clear communication make the process easy, fun & exciting. There are many artists out there doing "traditional" work but Derek is a true master who creates original, expressive masterpieces. Derek is honored to connect with clients to discuss special commissions.

New Hampshire based artist Derek Russell can be reached at 603.491.1774 or Derek@DerekRussellArtist.com.

www.DerekRussellArtist.com