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James Russell

I have been an artist my entire life and received formal training at FSU beginning my education as a fine arts major. Halfway through my time at college, I changed majors to criminology and entered the career of law enforcement. I continued my artwork with focus in oils, watercolor, and acrylic. My pieces were and still are often centered in seeking to capture emotional and mental states of mind. I also work in ocean art, landscapes, animals, surrealism, and city scenes. My 25 year career in law enforcement has provided me with a wealth of artistic inspiration through my interactions with people of all sorts and their experiences. Also, I draw strongly upon my personal advocacy for mental illness awareness.

My subjects vary widely based upon my interests, abandoned structures, figures, to landscapes, and everything in between. At the core of my work, I strive to connect to the viewer and pull them into the work, connecting with them through the piece.

I operate a studio and gallery at 688 Industrial Drive in Railroad Square.



Briefly describe the class(es) you offer:

I offer one on one basic instruction in drawing and painting. I accept students on a case by case basis.

Willing to be a guest speaker / workshop presenter in a classroom setting.: Yes
Type of lesson (Private and/or Group): Private, Group

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  1. Dear Jim, There was an article about you in the Pensacola News Journal yesterday. I am a member of the Santa Rosa Art Association and the chairperson of our Teacher Art Grants program, whereby we give grants to teachers of all disciplines in Santa Rosa County grants to incorporate art into their classes.
    I was wondering if we could use your quote about art not being a side elective into our

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    • I am so sorry it took me so long to respond! Of course you can use any of my quotes. If you update your brochure, feel free to use!


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