Jocelyn L. Russell
Kerrville Texas – Schreiner University
May 21st – 26th 2017
What I’ll be teaching?
Although I have had no formal art training or college education, I do have 14 years on the job as a veterinarian’s surgical assistant. This afforded me hands-on training with animal anatomy from an early age. I was essentially dissecting and resectioning live animals on the operating table, learning muscular and vascular systems in their most delicate form.
I have been a professional artist for over 25 years beginning first with painting and then advancing into sculpture in 1992. Although I will be the first to admit that I will never know enough about anatomy, the daily journey in the learning process has become an integral part of my career.
Cynthie and I became friends in a Yellowstone Workshop in 1994 and have since participated in many shows and photo safaris together. Our mutual admiration and respect for wildlife has forged a friendship steeped in humor. I look forward to tagging on to her Anatomy Workshop and offering my perspective on developing a sculpture beginning with anatomy in the wire armature. Although I may not be in the workshop for the duration, I hope to help open with the process of designing an armature based on anatomy studies, and be able to join in and develop the sculpture in clay throughout the four days. Questions are welcomed and humor is a bonus. Art should be fun!
If you are interested in creating your own armature and beginning your sculpture with my help, please contact me within 14 days of the workshop. I will provide a board, simple pipe armature, wire, clay, and a few tools adequate to create your own animal sculpture, 9″ maximum height at the shoulder. I am most familiar with hooved animals and canines/felines. Please bring any reference photos that might inspire your pose or theme.