My Creativity Blog will have a new writer contributing to the blog. Russell Cushman will be writing articles about creativity and more once a month. You will be able to read his articles the third Thursday of each month. Russell will post his first article in September. Since today is the third Thursday of the month, I thought I would give my readers a chance to learn a little more about Russell by including a bio about him. I look forward to hearing what Russell has to say next month!
I hope you enjoy reading about Russell and his creative experience.
Russell Cushman’s public murals and monumental sculptures can be found all over the Brazos Valley, which he calls home. His original works are treasured in prestigious private and corporate collections throughout the Southwest.
Russell and his wife chose to establish themselves in Navasota, Texas which is 75 miles northwest of Houston. Just south of Bryan-College Station, Navasota sits at the junction of the Brazos and Navasota Rivers, just a few miles from historic Washington on the Brazos, the cradle of Texas Independence. Cushman loved the natural beauty and lore of the region, which included being part of the original Austin Colony, the hunting grounds for the Caddo and Coushatta Indians, the Blues Capital of Texas and the last trail of La Salle.
Making a living as an artist was not easy, and Russell has worn many hats over the years. He has worked on farms in the Brazos Valley as a farm worker and cotton scale operator, and a museum director and ranch hand. For years Cushman did construction and remodeling and sign painting. And all along he has taught private art lessons, for over thirty years in many Texas towns, like Katy, Tomball, Houston, Columbus, Brenham, Hempstead, College Station, and of course Navasota.
In 1996, Russell went back to finish his Fine Arts Degree at Sam Houston State University. Today his reputation has grown as a highly qualified historical and nature muralist, sculptor, and landscapist. He works in oils and acrylics. He has murals in Tomball, Caldwell, Bryan/College Station, Houston Baptist University, and every campus in the Navasota School District. His most famous is a 140 foot mural at the Star of the Republic Museum at Washington on the Brazos. Russell was selected from a field of outstanding Texas artists to create the most exciting and authentic epic renderings ever done on the subject.
He has done several fiberglas and epoxy sculptures for Bryan schools, Stelzig’s Ranch western wear in the Houston Bush Airport, and a life-sized bronze of Harvey Mitchell, a Texas Ranger and the first educator in Brazos County which stands in the halls of Harvey Mitchell Elementary. His life-sized bronze of a Depression era mother teaching her children how to fish adorns Heritage Park in Bryan.
Today Cushman stays busy with murals and other commissions, and sells much of his easel work at galleries. He and his wife of thirty-five years live in Navasota, where Cushman is a familiar face, having been elected twice to the Navasota City Council.
Russell Cushman has spoken to scores of art clubs, demonstrating his techniques, and taught art classes and workshops throughout Texas. He has been interviewed by Ray Miller for the Eyes of Texas, written about in Texas Highways magazine, and pictured in US News and World Report. He has been featured in local papers many times. A public servant, church leader, and art show judge, Cushman is also an accomplished writer and is presently working on a book about the history of blues in the Brazos Valley.
If there is something in particular that you would like Russell to write about you can leave him a comment to make a request.