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Running head: NOTABLE CREATOR: CHARLES M. RUSSELL

Notable Creator: Charles M. Russell

University of Phoenix

Notable Creator: Charles M. Russell

Charles Marion Russell was truly a notable creator and artist. Accomplished in not only one form of artistic creation, but excelled as a painter, illustrator, sculptor and writer. Born early in March 1864 on the edge of the western frontier in St. Louis, Missouri, a unique relationship with the wild American West sprouted. While in his youth, he gained a special love for the American West. Day dreams of the romantic life of cowboys and Indians filled his thoughts and sketchbooks. Daily, his desire would urge him into the rugged American West. Russell soon found himself deep within the Indian and cowboy rich state of Montana. While in Montana he learned the trade of the wrangler and ranch hand. Ever the artist at heart, Russell never abandoned his true love of sketching his new home and surroundings. This tutelage as a ranch hand, coupled with his ability to create would prove to be the perfect relationship for his later work as an artist. The harsh realities of late 19th century Montana proved to be a catalyst for his creations. Jake Hoover, a local Montanan and known mountain man, helped with Russell’s emersion in the West. With this new friendship Russell was taught the way of the cowboy, self sufficiency, and a love for the natural world. Having a real mountain man as a personal instructor and being an ever willing student, Russell would later be able to parlay is keen knowledge into a successful career in western realism. Russell considered this personal, firsthand testimony of the west the greatest asset in his creations. It allowed him to be honest with the wild and rough country that he loved and adored, it gave him inspiration to create in a manner that was true to his subjects of art. The opportunities to work cattle drives called in the year of 1882. Russell considered this a...
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