About Russ

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VDL PhotographyAs a life-long student of art, I create my work to impose my view of the world on the viewer with the hope that it inspires while serving as a window to my emotions as I put paint to canvas or shot the photograph. Due largely to my father and my almost half a century long Air Force careers, much of my life was spent in Europe, close to the great masterworks of art. My dad was a photo hobbyist, introducing me early to the works of Adams and Stieglitz. That upbringing spurred me to use my dad’s Rolli and 16mm Bell & Howell movie camera, as I transitioned from Texas to the Great Northwest. For four years, while on my first of three tours in Germany, I was blessed to study under Alfred Herzfeld at the Wiesbaden Institute of Art. Watercolors became my medium of choice as my love for the arts grew into a passion that has endured for a lifetime. That passion is now expressed by painting; photography and creating images that have impact.

My photographic specialties are large Fine Art travel and landscape images, portraiture and photo editing/manipulation. As an artist, it is my goal to ever expand my creativity and my client base with uncompromised quality and service. Key to future success is my long-time mantra, “Do the Right Thing Right; On Time; First Time; Every Time.” As part of doing the Right Thing I offer resume/social media headshots and portraits GRATIS to wounded warriors, as well as, deep discounts to any active duty, military veterans and first responders. Although I served, I never serve in combat, with my career spanning the 24 years between Viet-Nam and 9/11, so I feel compelled to give back using my talents to help those who stood strong for me and my family.

I was able to shift gears in 2011 when I found myself (and my wife) retired from the military and living in our dream home near Weatherford, Texas. Just by chance I found the Art Institute of Fort Worth where I set out to round out my photography skills by finishing a Bachelors of Fine Art in Photography, graduating in 2014, summa cum laude. I spent the next year working for my alma mater as the Assistant Director of Admissions and now I am moving forward as a freelance photographer and watercolor art tutor.

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