Well, it all started when our family moved into the famous Stonehenge neighborhood. The Druids were lovely people--a little "out there" if you know what I mean, but they encouraged me to try my hand art as a young kid. We moved to Illinois many centuries later, married my high school lover, learned how to fly airplanes, had children, started an executive search business called East Wing Group, and went back to get a PhD in psychology--that old story. I also like to play and compose music for guitar and keyboard and have released 6 CDs of music in the past 4 years, as well as 6 books on business topics. Truth be told, I didn't start trying my hand at painting or sculpturing until Christmas, 2012. Something inside of me was calling to put paint on a canvas, have fun, make a mess and call it abstract art. "Wow, I like this!", I said to myself. No pressure to try and make my painting or sculpture look like a real object. It could be close enough and that was good enough for me. Today, I love to work with wood, paint, steel, copper and glass and make art out of stuff that is recyclable. I enjoy building laughter into art--helping people smile more, start a conversation, wonder if they should try something they'd been thinking about, but scared to try. Try it, I say. This Everest Easel idea came to me one night inspired by Dr. Seuss. Next thing I knew, I drew a picture of this easel all crooked, bent, tipping and wacky. Imperfect art is less stressful to build, so I built it. Today, Everest is the tallest portable easel in the world. I hope you enjoy the view behind the frame and don't forget to get your picture taken in front of Everest! It's easier than climbing the real Mt. Everest. (And you can eat ice cream along side my Everest Easel.) Russ Riendeau
Russell's ArtPrize Entries
These are Russell's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
Russell's Past Work
These are images of past work that Russell has done.