RUSS WAGNER - Inside the Artist's Studio

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's painting boots

Wagner's painting boots

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