Matthew Russ was born in Portland, Maine and raised in nearby Cape Elizabeth. He earned a B.A. from Colby College, majoring in studio art with a concentration in oil painting, during which time he studied for one year at Crawford College of Art in Cork, Ireland. He lives with his wife KC in Waterville, where he maintains a studio.
Russ celebrates Maine’s landscape in his paintings. He paints from life, working outdoors in all seasons and often backpacking into remote locations. He favors protected lands, such as the Maine State Parks, the Kennebec Highlands, and the Morse Mountain Conservation Area. He recently visited 20 islands along the Maine Island Trail in an artistic journey called Project 20/20.
Russ has shown his work at many venues throughout Maine. He has also contributed to auctions for Maine Audubon Society, Maine College of Art, Harlow Gallery, Maine Island Trail Association, Maine Preservation, and Cape Elizabeth Land Trust. He has completed commissions for individuals and institutions, including the Colby College Environmental Studies Department, and Piampiano Law Offices. Five of his paintings are permanently installed in MaineGeneral Medical Center.