printmaking. Her mother, Virginia Mayte Roe (who is “still with us and doing well at 91 “), was an excellent sculptor and had studied at the Chlcago Art Institute. Both encouraged the artistic talents they saw in their daughter. They were also appreciative of fine art and when her father traveled the world, he would come home with beautiful art objects that became part of their home.
When Russell attended Iroquois High School in East Aurora, NY, she said that her art teacher, Donald Lamp, and the art room helped to keep her sane. Later, in pursuit of a fine art career, she studied at several schools including the Pratt Institute in New York City. She also studied with the surrealist photographer, Jerry Uelslhan, for a short time. His influence on her work was manifested in many images based on her dreams.