Ingrid Russell Bluethumb finalist



I live and create in the Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia. I work mainly with acrylics, from thick bodied to inks, as the speed at which they dry allows me to work in many layers, and whether I am painting a landscape, figurative work, floral or abstract, I work into the surface, taking advantage of textures and transparencies and gradually building up the work.

“My main passion is colour, and I love to splash it around, pushing the colours on the substrate, watching the interactions and seeing where I can take them. I like it when the work tells me what it wants to be. I love to explore and experiment, and I am always looking for new and exciting methods and effects.”

“My present body of work is an extraneous expression of remembered and imagined ideas. It is spontaneous and unplanned, developing on the substrate at will, and I am the conduit supplying the pigment and the energy to move it. I may have a notion of what I want to say when I start, but usually the work takes over and evolves, often into the unexpected. Inspiration inspires inspiration.”

“I invite my audience to bring their own experiences to the works, and find aspects of it that evoke their own remembered and imagined ideas. That creates a commonality between artist and audience that I find very exciting.”


  • 2016 BA Fine Art and Visual Culture Curtin UT WA
  • 1979 Dip Teach Goulburn College of Advanced Education
  • 2019  Picturesque, BMCAN, Group Exhibition, Braemar Gallery Springwood
  • 2018  Horizons: three Blue Mountains Artists explore landscapes, Braemar Gallery, Springwood
  • 2018  Finalist, Bluethumb Art Prize, Melbourne
  • 2017  Winner, Penrith Regional Show
  • 2012  Mindpressions, Braemar Gallery, Springwood
  • 2011  Art with Altitude, Armory Gallery, Newington Armory
  • 2010  Finalist, Blacktown City Art Prize
  • 2009  Dreaming, The Event Horizon Gallery, Katoomba
  • 2009  Commended, Blacktown City Art Prize
  • 2009  Sublime Elevations, Armory Gallery, Newington Armory
  • 2008  Finalist, Blacktown City Art Prize
  • 2008  Artspace 2008 Western Sydney Teachers’ Exhibition, The Atrium, Bridge St Sydney
  • 2007  Finalist, Blacktown City Art Prize
  • 2005  People’s Choice Award, Friends of Braemar Group Exhibition, Braemar Gallery, Springwood
  • 2004  A Collage of Artists, Group Exhibition, Braemar Gallery, Springwood