Russell Sharon was born on a farm in Minnesota. He studied in Mexico City, Boston and New York. He is known for his wildly colorful works with imagery drawn from the Minnesota landscape, featuring ponds, lakes, fields, animals. He now spends his time between his studios in Miami Beach and his farm in Minnesota. Russell has said that when he starts a painting he "enters a state of focused concentration, looking for that which leads to spontaneity, to the unexpected" and then applies colors in rough, textured layers. This heightens the sculptural and sensual quality of the paintings. He has exhibited his work throughout the US, Europe and South America and his colorful handmade furniture was featured in the film Slaves of New York.