I am proud to own one your original paintings. Every time people come into my home that’s one of the first things they comment on. Your use of layers and colors is a true gift and really distinguishes your work from that of others.
— James, Southern California
Oh my gosh. I’m almost in tears. It is perfect!!!!!! You are very talented and the style of painting is exactly what I was looking for!!!!!
— Haley, Switzerland
I am amazed at your vision, your beautiful mind, and how you see this magical world - I am so jealous!
— Linda, Director of Alumni Relations and The Conference Center at Massasoit Community College
Derek Russell you have created a masterpiece of one the most precious moments of my life. Your talents exceeded Steve’s expectations and shocked me beyond words! The way you captured our raw energy and movement during our first dance as husband and wife speaks volumes as to that you are capable of as an artist.
— Samantha Roberson, Portsmouth, NH
I can’t thank you enough. I loved hearing your artistic perspective on style because moving through this class, we don’t discuss the innate energy produced by an artist when he or she creates. You are definitely in tune with that inner energy, and it’s amazing how well you recognize it. You and your work are truly inspiring!
— Sarah, Colgate University
I am inspired by both your work and your attitudes and, I cannot wait to see your upcoming projects.
— Hollie, England
You’re awesome! Seriously, I love your work. It’s amazing.
— Kerra, U.S. Army
You created a much nicer looking guy than me. This is great!
— Former Governor Jeb Bush
We’re big believers in fit — with client relationships, partners, ideas, scope, and tone — and this is a shining example of an unlikely pairing that results in powerful impact.
— Brandlift founder & president, Andy Goldenberg
Derek! Thank you for producing such amazing work and sharing it with the world. I’ve been a big fan of yours for years – I absolutely love your work, added to that the passion and enthusiasm in embracing life. It’s an inspiration to me, as is for many other artists and student artists around the world I’m sure!
— Marcie, South East Asia
Your talent and kind gesture will pay forward in the coming year.

Many many thanks.
— Ray Konisky, Director of Marine Science, The Nature Conservancy
Derek did a wedding painting for us on our special day and it exceeded everything we expected! He is very talented in capturing beauty in a unique way. It was my favorite thing to hang up after our wedding. We especially like how well he listened to what we both wanted. Highly recommended!
— Ayla Skorupa, MA
Oh my god! I love it!!! I’m so excited!!! I love the colors and the way you captured me! It is amazing to see myself like that! I feel so much gratitude for you right now, you have no idea!
— South Asian Recording Artist, Prita Chhabra
Derek’s combination of artistic vision and easy-to-work-with professionalism has helped inject great energy into GSV’s brand - a fittingly vivid platform for GSV’s work about which they are so passionate.
— Brandlift founder & president Andy Goldenberg
Photo Credit: GSV Companies, ASU+GSV Education Innovation Summit 2014

Photo Credit: GSV Companies, ASU+GSV Education Innovation Summit 2014

Photo Credit: GSV Companies, ASU+GSV Education Innovation Summit 2014

Photo Credit: GSV Companies, ASU+GSV Education Innovation Summit 2014