About Kory Russell

My process, whether I am painting directly from nature or from a world my mind has created, leaves me changed nearly each time I finish a piece.  I start, nearly always, with some particular idea in mind; this piece will be a tree, this piece will be a landscape, this piece will be a butcher using the restroom. 

Whatever it is, there is a definite, simple idea that starts the process.  However, as I warm up and get more involved in the piece it takes on new philosophical depths.  I often find in myself more unrest than I believed was there originally.  I tend to sympathize with a world I don't understand and gain greater clarity of it, while losing some of myself along the way.  

Art takes courage in that way; courage I often lack to finish or even start a piece many times.  When you create art you create war with yourself.  You implode, ignore the world around you and others, become desolate and hungry, and in the end have new beliefs attempting to wedge their way in and change your core.