Interview with Artist Sheena Russell

“If I had the money I’d buy that!” A common sentiment shared by many when it comes to art, and something people always say when Sheena’s work is on exhibit at our pop ups. People seem to connect with the mood, or simply respect the ridiculous level of skill and attention required to create something of the scale and beauty of “I Still Know You’re There” (pictured). Countless hours spent building up layer upon layer of paint rings! We love it.

Art Pistol (AP): What’s the first thing you can remember painting?
 Potato prints with my mother and my brother when I was 3, but can’t remember painting anything until I was 17 and started painting with oils, and that was the trees behind the Folk High School I went to in Norway.

AP: When did you first realise you were an artist?
Sheena: Still not sure I am one.
AP: Very modest!

AP: How would you describe your art to someone that has never seen it before?
Sheena: Figurative, striking, sometimes humorous.

AP: Is your work on any famous person’s wall?
Sheena: I’m not at liberty to say.

AP: If you had the opportunity to change something in the art industry what would it be?
Sheena: Less artists, more buyers! Mostly, I would like to see people recognise talented artists rather than skilled self-promoters, or at least be able to tell the difference.

AP: Do you have any other interests or talents that you’d like to share?
Sheena: I have an interest in watching movies and a talent for sloth…once I feel I’ve done enough to deserve it.

AP: Describe yourself in 3 words, one has to be a colour?
Sheena: Super, modest, cerulean.

AP: Tell us your perfect scenario for painting.
Sheena: My studio on a bright sunny morning, after a giant cup of good coffee and a read of the paper/a magazine. If the piece I’m working on has a more gloomy or dark feel about it, I have the theme tune for Batman (The Animated Series) on a loop in my head, which I sometimes hum out loud.

AP: If you weren’t an artist you’d be..?
Sheena: A reluctant actor.

AP: Do you have any advice for artists just starting out?
Sheena: Develop thick skin and a knack for perseverance.

AP: And finally, what are you working on just now?
Sheena: Two private commissions and a cityscape.


See Sheena’s work on Art Pistol here


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