anne russell
anne russell art
about the artist

about the artist

I love to bring in an element of humor and surprise, even if a piece has a more serious message in there somewhere. That seems more like life, to me -- even in the most dire situation, something of the ridiculous lurks around the edges.

I often layer or blend ideas into one form. Sometimes I do it deliberately, but often it just comes out in the clay. My favorite is the double-take: I love when someone glances at a piece, and then turns to look again when they realize what they are really seeing. (Or what else is in there, just under the surface.) The man's face in the Trickster, the piggies in the toes in This Little Piggy...a little sculptural sleight of hand to create the delight of slipping between one perception and another.

Fired clay and color are more playful; bronze tends to bring out the more serious and archetypal subjects: the trickster, aging, mother love. It is an enduring medium, so I try to use it to bring a lasting message to the world.


I work in series, as an idea catches hold and I work through its various implications. Words are often the start, but sometimes it's an image, a situation, music, or a memory. At times it's about seeking higher ground, or acknowledging the dark side and the shadow in us all. But sometimes, it's just about soup.

Anne and Jokia
That's my mantra these days: never argue with the muse.
All works on this site are currently available for purchase. I'm happy to create a commissioned work based on the works on display here, or any other ideas you may have. I'd love to hear from you!

Anne Russell lives and work in Santa Fe, New Mexico. You can reach her

Jokia the elephant lives at the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand. You can reach her at:

"Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice
at the end of the day that says, 'I will try again tomorrow'."
- mary anne radmacher