Lahaula Weavers, aquatint etching, 8″ x 12″ circa early 1960s. Archivally matted, not framed.
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Shirley Russell (1886-1985) earned her BA from Stanford University, where she first became interested in art. Following the death of her husband in 1912 Russell began to paint and worked as a teacher in Palo Alto. After additional studies at the School of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, the California School of Fine Arts, and San Jose State University she visited Hawaii with her son in 1921 and decided to stay. She influenced a generation of students — including Satoro Abe and John Chin Young — as an art teacher at McKinley High School in Honolulu. During her lifetime Shirely Russell had one-person shows at The Honolulu Academy of Arts (1964), The Royal Hawaiian Gallery (1966) and particpated in exhibits at the LA County Museum of Art and the Grand Palais Annual Juried Exhibition in Paris. Although Russell was best known for her figurative works including tropical flowers, seascapes and portraits she was an avid supporter of abstract art.