Inspired by a dream, I began painting watercolours in 2008. My father, George E. Russell, was an artist and I had grown up seeing him paint watercolours but I never asked him to show me how. He didn't teach me, but I had seen him in action and it gave me a starting point.
At a Jack Bush exhibition at the National Gallery in Ottawa, I was impressed by his use of gouache in some of his works. I like its opaque qualities and I've explored the use of solid colours.