Russell's work is concerned with elements of wonder and how we receive information from the world around us. We gather this visual information from many objects, including windows, chalkboards, mirrors, and books. These are all areas he continues to focus his work on. He believes that a sense of wonder is a basic component of what makes us human and is at the core of our relationship to each and every thing in our life.
Born and raised in California, Russell was a partner in his family's wooden toy business before moving to San Francisco in 1984. After receiving his undergraduate and graduate degrees, he has studied and worked with some of the country's leading studio furniture makers, including Garry Knox Bennett, Gail Fredell, Kim Kelzer, Thom Loeser, and Wendy Maruyama. In 1999, he helped to form a coop studio in Alameda, California, where members pursue many commissioned and speculative furniture and sculptural works in a 5,000-square-foot wood and metal shop.
Since 2000 Russell has taught in the Furniture Program at CCA and additionally at Laney Community College. He also has had the honor of teaching at Haystack School of Craft, Penland School of Crafts, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, San Diego State University, and the Oregon College of Arts and Crafts.
"In the future I hope to cheat death and have fun."