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Russell Thomas
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Wild Colour Portrait Artist
Wild Colour Portrait Artist

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Habits and habitat
I am a creature of habit.  I get up at about the same time every morning - 5:40 am now - I do the same activities in the quiet of the early hours - checking social media, writing and drinking the day's first cup of coffee - and I arrive at work at The Redpo...

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Mindcamp bound
One week from today, Heather and I will be travelling east to Toronto on the first leg of our journey to Mindcamp , Canada's creativity retreat.  This has been an annual pilgrimage for me; I think this is the 6th year in a row that I have made this trip. I ...

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Silly season cometh
As August begins to bleed into September, talk about politics will escalate quickly.  This period of time leading up to a municipal election is often referred to as silly season.  We're getting a double dose of it this year, as the fledgling UCP party goes ...

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Remembering Natalie Giles
Over the last three years, I have been invited into some very precious places.  Families and friends going through the difficult journey of loss have asked me to paint portraits of their late loved ones using my bright and crazy colours.  Each time, I pour ...

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The blurring of time
I spend between 20 and 30 hours in the studio every week, including several hours after my regular work day and full days on weekends.  The hours are filled with many different activities as various projects move to completion: drawing, painting, finishing,...

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What are my Whys?
In the last three years, I have experienced unexpected - and to some degree, unlikely - success as an artist.  It's almost like something had been bubbling up inside of me for years and suddenly erupted.  There was a moment in that first year of painting wh...

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One space or two
One space or two after a period? It was a simple question that elicited over 150 answers (which is very strange, because there really are only two ways that this can go). A colleague of mine was proofing a document for me. Everything looked good to her exce...

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My moment in a movie
A number of weeks ago, I was asked if I would consider playing the role of a street preacher in a film project being shot in Fort McMurray called The Road Behind .  I loosely knew about the movie, as my son Dylan had already performed in a number of scenes,...

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Inspiration surrounds me
It was so nice to be in vacation mode when I was in Kamsack.  I was able to respond to objects and things that inspired me: a curious owl ornament mounted on my parent's fence, an old red barn, a herd of bison, and a lonely old grain elevator, to name a few...

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Going back is really about going forward
It has been over 30 years since I left my hometown of Kamsack, Saskatchewan to pursue my adult life.  My education and work took me to a variety of communities - Saskatoon, Fort St. John, Parksville, Port Alberni, Stettler and Drumheller among them - before...
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