ARTIST Sue Byrne Russell

Russell’s work varies from expressive realism to conceptual abstraction. Her favorite subjects are musicians, people involved in daily routines, objects in intriguing places…the rhythm of life. She carries a sketchbook wherever she goes, capturing movement with line, space with shapes and ideas in words. After the images and ideas have meshed, she takes a paint-filled brush and lets the passion of the moment emerge from the surface, sometimes quietly, sometimes with fanfare.

Russell has a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Georgia and an MA from Arizona State University. She has over 40 years experience teaching and exhibiting in the US, Saudi Arabia and Germany and shows her work at Art Downtown’s SoGlo Gallery in Brunswick GA and The Red Wolf Gallery in Brevard NC. Russell and her husband, Padgett Cleveland, lived and worked in Saudi Arabia and Germany and traveled around the world with backpacks, sketchbooks, cameras and journals, honing their observation skills and enjoying life. They returned to the states in 2000 and now reside in Brunswick, Georgia and Cedar Mountain, North Carolina, where she directs Hemlocks Studio, a summer artists’ retreat center.