Russ Wagner's Pt. Richmond studio is nearly as colorful as his warm, textured canvasses.
The artist uses a variety of brushes and a palette knife to create heavily textured works, inspired by Impressionist masters like Monet and van Gogh.
Wagner achieves his signature luminosity by creating densely layered paintings. The underpainting creates a saturated canvas that sets off the final colors. Applying paint with a palette knife creates textured edges and bold swaths of color.
A final archival layer of lacquer, applied once the thick oil paint has dried, will protect the carefully-engineered colors from fading with time.
"These paintings will look as good in thirty years as they do they day I finish painting them." - Russ Wagner