Nancy Russell is an Idaho native, growing up on a ranch in SW Idaho in the small town of Bruneau. On the ranch, Nancy was always outside, horseback, among the cattle and with a couple of dogs enjoying the outdoors. Drawing since she could hold a pencil, Nancy’s first and favorite art subjects were her horses, her dogs, and the wildlife she saw along the way.
Along with husband Bob, Nancy has lived all over the West during the last 35 years. Both worked for the United States Forest Service for many years and moved a lot until coming to Salmon in 1988. For twenty years, until the year 2000, they also bred, raised and trained llamas as pack animals for backcountry travel. They have recently retired from both endeavors.
Nancy is a (mostly) self taught artist, though she has some training in cartography, where she learned to use pen and ink, which is still her favorite medium. She is accomplished in watercolor, acrylic and fabric art.
She has illustrated various Forest Service publications and Llama Association pamphlets and books, and technical drawings for road and trail contracts and Archeological reports. She also has designed business cards, logos, and a line of note cards featuring her llamas and Native American rock art drawings. Most recently she designed, wrote, and illustrated a Lewis and Clark Expedition coloring book for children who visit the Sacajawea Center here in Salmon.
Now that she is retired, Nancy is finding more time for her artistic endeavors and art classes exploring watercolors and jewelry. Some of the artist/instructors that she has studied under are Betty Carr (watercolor), Sheila Parson (watercolor), Tina Davis (watercolors), Deb Gelet (Textile Artist) and Douglas Taylor (artist/businessman).