Russ Ritell was born 40 minutes north of NYC. An illustration & design major, Russ graduated from the School of Visual Arts, and has been working professionally as a designer / animator for the past 17 years. This profession has allowed Russ to grow by expanding his artistic abilities to include animation, video and technical knowledge into recent projects. A father of two girls, Russell finds time to work, passionately, on paintings and conceptual work at his home studio in Cold Spring, NY.
“While growing up and navigating around my creative abilities, I was initially attracted to high contrast, figurative works. NC Wyeth, Howard Pyle, and Frank Frazzetta, (among many other), illustrators of classic and fantasy tales captivated me with their use of shapes, contrast and composition. I felt a real connection to master painters as well, (particularly Caravaggio and Velasquez). The atmosphere and realism that these masters captured inspired me to take my work to a higher level. Over time I experimented with these parameters.”