Deri Chilton Russell
about the artist
BIOGRAPHY /ARTIST VISION
Most of my life I have been involved in making art. These days, as I am passing quickly through middle age, I concentrate on acrylic painting to soothe my artistic soul. Most of my paintings from my area in SW Ontario, although occasionally my travels bring me new fodder for my work. I enjoy portrait painting, although not just the figure, I want the painting to tell a portrait story. Lately I have been working more on reflections, refraction and translucent in landscapes. Trying to capture light in its brilliance or melancholy, as the case may be. But I can be easily tricked into a commission you might want to buy. If the subject is exciting or beautiful. I hope my paintings inspire, illuminate the beauty of our area or perhaps make you reminisce. I hope they move you a little.
MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS
The Society of Canadian Artists -juried in
The Federation of Canadian Artists -juried in January 2018
The Walldogs -
I am an active member of the Walldogs. The Walldogs are a group of Artists who go from Community to Community painting murals for them. A Town or City applies to us to come to their area and create murals to enhance their economic development. Perhaps they have lost industry or there has been a natural disaster in their community. If the community is chosen between 100 and 350 of us go there and paint between 12 and 24 murals in 4 days. Our organization designs and paints the murals and in exchange they feed and house the artists. I have been across the States, Canada and to Australia with the Walldogs over the last 15 years.
* I attended Georgian College, Owen Sound, general arts program - incl. illustration, life drawing, art history, graphic design, typography, photography, textiles -then did graphics specialization- graduated in 1981.
* '81 to '85 -Junior Graphic Designer Mississauga ON
* 1985 to 2015- Continued art education courses at least yearly -including extensive glass courses-sandblasting, sandcarving, metal gilding (18 & 24 k gold, engine turning, silver, copper) glue chipping, acid etching, photo etching
* self taught in Computer Graphics, CorelDraw (3 to X7), Corel Photopaint programs and large format digital printer RIP software
* attended large mural and letter conventions- worked at sign lettering, projection and pictorial techniques and sculpture moulding
* had a professional sign studio from 1993-2015
* January 2016 to present
changed my artistic focus to fine art mediums and started painting acrylics. Now I paint, make limited prints of my paintings, and apply my painted images to materials made into dresses, scarves and leggings.
ART EXHIBITIONS, AWARDS
“2 red umbrellas and a beautiful fan palm” and “Ripples” juried into and will be shown at the Federation of Canadian Artists Summer Pleasures Show, Etobicoke Civic Centre Art Gallery, Etobicoke ON June 28-Aug 4 2022
“And the call of the Red Winged Blackbird” juried into and shown at the Federation of Canadian Artists Spring Thaw Show March 2022
"Whispers through the cedars, this way home" "Grief" and "Need a lift" shown at the Federation of Canadian Artists Show Up Show- Toronto Sept. 2021
"50 shades of Pink" Shown in the Society of Canadian Artists 53rd Open International Juried Exhibition- July-Sept. 2021
"Brandy's Lane in Winter" and "The waves laughed and danced as they hit the rock shore" shown in the Federation of Canadian Artists Spring Forward Online Exhibition -May 2021
"Reflections" was juried into the Society of Canadian Artists Open Online International juried exhibition- Mar-June 2021
"White Orchids on my window sill" shown in Federation of Canadian Artists "Blooms" Show- April 2019
"Down at the Docks" and "I help Grampa" shown in Society of Canadian Artists 2019 International Juried online exhibition-March 15-June 15 2019
"The Curve of her Wings" shown in the 2018 Federation of Canadian Artists juried show "Wildlife" -May 2018
Honourable Mention- Federation of Canadian Artists juried show "Canvas Unbound" February 2018 -"Pulling the Energy"
1st place and cover-Grey, Bruce Simcoe Counties Art Calendar Show and Sale -summer 2017 for 2018 calender-"Standing in the Surf"
1st place -BAC Juried Show Walkerton ON April 2017 -"S Bend at Blue Water Lakes"
Family Scatcherd Award- Paint Ontario March 2017 -"Down at the Docks"
2nd place- Distinguished Artist Online Juried show-theme call Horses June 2016
Outstanding Artist- ArtAscent Magazine June 2017 "Copper John"