About Vern

Vern Russell, an Idaho native, has lived and worked throughout the Northwest, including, Wyoming, Montana, Oregon, California, and Alaska. Returning to the Snake River Country of eastern Idaho to reside, Vern calls upon his years of experience in hunting, fishing, and backpacking to capture the grandeur of the outdoors in his oil, acrylic, and watercolor paintings.

The sound of an eagle’s cry, or the spine-tingling bugle of a huge bull elk in rut, stir your imagination as you view the wildlife and western landscape scenes that still inspire him to this day.

Also proficient in the field of Western Art, Vern has turned his attention mainly to western subjects, past and present. He calls upon his western upbringing and heritage to add excitement and life to all his subjects.

A self-taught artist, Vern enjoys the fact that he is again living near the backdoor of the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Park where subjects are real and the people are genuine. “The whole world is my teacher and God guides my hand and I apologize to no one for not having a degree in the arts,” he says.

Vern works out of his studio in St. Anthony, Idaho. He teaches classes and workshops and his work hangs in collections throughout the fifty states, plus countries which include Russia, Canada, Australia, Japan, and Mexico. He has attended many invitational art shows and has won numerous awards throughout the Northwestern states and California, i.e. Best of Show and People’s Choice, as well as placing in the top three.

In 1976, he was commissioned by Northwest Airlines to paint two 8′ x 20′ historical murals in the Billings, Montana International Airport. These murals were removed during renovation in the 1980s and were sold to a second party.

He has recently added wood burning, wood carving, and gourd decorating to his repertoire. Being able to work in all different media brings joy to his life.

He has taught workshops and seminars throughout Southern Idaho and Eastern Oregon and is a member of several art groups.

He is currently a Board member of the Idaho Art Lab in St. Anthony and also works and serves part time as Foster Grandparent at the Juvenile Correction Center in St. Anthony, ID.

Works in public places include:

  • Two murals in the Billings Montana International Airport depicting historic events in Montana. (Mentioned above.)
  • Wall murals currently in the Hobby Shop across from C & C Hardware in St. Anthony for a model railroad backdrop.
  • Wall mural in Bob Bauer’s building which is the old Spudnick business depicting a World War II air battle with the Japanese over the Marianna Islands.
  • Wall mural at the St. Anthony Work Camp Canteen, helping an inmate who had drawn the animals but needed help with background and painting of the scene.

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