The art of Maureen Rosita Russell is deeply inspired by her feelings for the nature and environment of the very special areas in which she has resided most of her life. Whether representational or abstract, her art reflects the colour, light and imagery of the American Southwest and the hills of Vermont.
For much of the past decade she has made her residence in Santa Fe, New Mexico renowned for its spectacular light. There, in 1993, she was selected as one of twelve painters for a two-week intensive workshop with Wolf Kahn at the Santa Fe Institute of Fine Arts. In Santa Fe her work has shown at many fine galleries on Canyon Road including Giacobbi Fritz Fine Art (2003), Deloney Newkirk Fine Art (2003), Michael Robinson Collections (2000-02) and Expressions in Fine Art (1999). Her work may be seen today at: Gallerie Corazon, 703 Canyon Road in Santa Fe, New Mexico and in Woodstock, Vermont at: The Polonaise Gallery aand Caspian Artworks. Sequoia Collections of Santa Fe and Santa Barbara, California is also showing Russell's paintings.
Vermont, where with her husband she raised two daughters in the 1970’s and 1980’s, and still maintains a home, has been the inspiration for some of her most noted works. This includes the “No More Barns” series; a collection of abstract paintings utilizing natural colors and hues in barn-like shapes creating haunting depictions of the rural Vermont landscape. In Vermont her work has shown at The Clarke Galleries in Stowe (1998-99) and at invitational exhibits including the Thomas Waterman Wood Art Center in Montpelier (1999) and at Catamount Arts in St. Johnsbury (1996). She has also been a participant and fellow on numerous occasions at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont (1984-2008).
Maureen Rosita Russell was born in Cornwall, England, and in England studied at the Moseley School of Art in Birmingham, England.