Professional Artist Andy Russell - Artist Spotlight

Dreamscape painter Andy Russell loves Matisse acrylics!


Artist Andy Russell is widely recognized as a master in acrylic painting. He embarked on his artistic journey over 35 years ago, when he began having recurring dreams of vibrant and ethereal landscapes, which he then started translating into acrylic paintings of immense detail and glowing tones. He describes his painting style as "extended realism" — peaceful, utopian dreamscapes with impossible foliage and amazing architecture. Russell’s unique style is accomplished through multiple glazes and layers of acrylic paint, and he finds the Matisse line to be perfectly suited to his painting technique!


Watch the video below to hear about Andy's background, inspiration and technique in his own words, and get a glimpse into his perfect worlds!

Andy Russell on Matisse Acrylic Paints...

"Matisse Acrylic Paints have proven to be a pleasure to work with in so many ways. They are of the highest quality, richly pigmented and creamy smooth and perfect for the professional artist.

"I use Matisse Structure Acrylics for a thick textured, bold impasto look and Matisse Flow Acrylics for the smooth, highly detailed results. They are also excellent for covering large areas.

"I love colors and they come in a full range, which makes me feel like a kid in a candy store. I almost think of them as flavors. I really like their unique colors such a Cadmium Orange Deep, Australian Red Violet and Australian Blue Gum, Australian Salmon Gum and Australian Sienna. After years of painting in acrylics, it is exciting and refreshing to use these new colors. Discovering them was like getting a 'booster shot' of creativity for my work.

"Matisse has everything I need from mixing mediums to varnishes, from Background Colors to Mix-In Dry Mediums. I have found that using Matisse Background Colors are great for covering large areas. I use a lot of Phthalo Blue in my skies, which is very transparent and requires at least six coats for my purposes. I have discovered I can use one coat of Midnight Blue Background Color and only two coats of Phthalo over that and get the same results. This not only saves money but also leaves me more time for the more creative parts of the work.

"I plan on trying almost everything they offer as I go and can hardly wait to experiment in opening new avenues for creativity.

"I have realized that mixing their Magenta Light and Cadmium Yellow Medium with varying amounts of Titanium White gives me a glowing, brilliant color for sunset and sunrise skies.

"Spreader Medium is perfect for the glazing technique. It gives a smooth, even coat of transparent color for brilliant results.

"I am completely sold on Matisse Acrylic Paints. I highly encourage every artist, professional or pleasure painter, to experience these paints for themselves."

Andy Russell

Learn more about painter Andy Russell and Matisse Acrylics, and visit his official website at www.andyrussell.com.

What do you think of Andy's beautifully surreal paintings?  What have your experiences with Matisse Acrylic Paints been? Tell us about it in the comments below!

Comments (3) -

Augie Schilz

I started painting again a few months after my son died unexpectedly. My world crumbled and I had no direction. My therapist suggested a hobby and I told her I used to paint a little. It was a bit frustrating at first; I was rusty and the acrylic didn't behave as I remembered. I started using Matisse and Matisse mediums at the advice of my friends at Jerry's and everything changed. I've never used such a broad range of colors and I particularly love the Background colors and Australian pigments. I use both the Structure and Flow in my work.

The first time I saw Andy's work I thought it was nice. But after seeing it a few more times I started to notice the incredible detail and layering in each work. I've been drawn into the world he has created. The colors and compositions are amazing but I find myself visiting this world where everything is so beautiful and serene. The more time I spend looking the more I see. The more I see the deeper I move into these wonderful places where there is no pain or disappointment. I can almost smell the air and feel the perfect temperature on my face.

I'm heading to my studio to mix some Magenta Light and Cad Yellow Med. I live in Va Beach and do a lot seascape and water work and I'm always looking for new ideas and color combinations.

I hope to one day achieve, or come close to, the level of creativity and expression that Andy has accomplished and makes look so easy. The sign of true master.

Thanks Andy...Augie

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