Artist Statement

I have always been an extremely detailed artist.  My favorite artist is Rembrandt due to his extreme use of lights and darks.  I find that realism is what I have strived for since I was young.  In today’s artistic society I find myself being criticized for my artwork looking like photographs.  To me that is a compliment and I do not want or need to explore where expression overtakes realism.

I do enjoy other master artists such as Van Gogh and Jackson Pollock but my mind does not think like that.  I enjoy the time to make the detail that I strive for.  It takes approximately one hour per square inch to achieve this realism in dry pastel.

Thank you for attending this exhibit and I hope you enjoy my efforts.

About the Artist – Russell Frank

Russell Frank has been interested in art since he was young.  When he was 7 he won a national coloring contest with the grand prize of an all expense paid trip to Disneyland.  His talent has been apparent and acknowledged since early childhood.

Born in Bakersfield, California, Russell attended Bakersfield High School, Bakersfield College and Cal State Northridge where he majored in Art, Ceramics and Woodworking.  Russell began his unique style of pastel drawings in 1968.  He began his own hand thrown pottery business in 1973 and has made many pieces of fine furniture and cabinets. Northern California and Africa provide an abundant resource of material for his pastel paintings of landscape, wildlife and waterfowl.  The drawings are done in dry pastel.  It takes approximately one hour per square inch to produce the realism that he looks for in his work.  Since 1990, Russell has been a member of Sacramento Potters Group: Northern California Art by Fire and Elk Grove Artists.  Russell joined the Pastel Society of the West Coast in 2008.  In 2010 he assumed the duties of Secretary, then Vice President, President and is currently the Scholarship Chair of the Society.

Russell and his wife, Debra, are now retired and living in the Giant Sequoia National Monument in their 600 sq ft cabin.  Together they have three children, Angelina, Seth and Michelle.  They also have five grandchildren, Courtney, Erin, Jack, Amelia and Cora.


Russell Frank Pastels and Pots

Phone:  559-542-2289


View artwork:

Cowboy Boot in Stirrup 800 pixels


The Porterville Art Gallery features the work of many professional and avocational local artists and is dedicated to presenting only the finest work for sale by the artists living in California’s Central Valley. The gallery’s displays cover a wide variety of styles and media. Please stop by to view our varied and constantly changing exhibits.


The mission of the Porterville Art Association (P.A.A.) is to promote visual arts in the Porterville area through workshops, educational programs, art exhibits, financial assistance to art students and other appropriate activities.







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