Wildlife,Landscapes and Plein Air
Len Rusin's inspiration to paint nature developed while backpacking through several northeastern states, Alaska, Florida, and Canada. Using his field notes, sketches and photographs during these excursions he captures the feeling of being a part of nature.
Rusin's paintings not only make an artistic statement, but also offer the viewer a visual clue of the natural world. His paintings are well-planned compositions that use light to bring life to his paintings. This artist develops ideas in his work to give the viewer a sense of being there. Whether painting studies or major works Len's strong sense of design and painterly style creates an emotional appeal which forces one to pause and experience the painted image. His paintings use sound principles of art combined with the elements of design to create his unique works of art.
Rusin recently retired after 34 years of teaching art in Niagara Falls, NY and is now a full time wildlife artist.
Commissions - accepted
Support for Conservation:
- 2015 - Federal Duck Stamp Competition
Len Rusin's entry Singing the Blues depicting a pair of blue wing teal drifting out of the mist finished tied for fourth place in the 2015 Federal Duck stamp Competition. The oil painting will be on tour with the other top ten finishers for one year starting at the Easton Waterfowl Festival in November.
- 2013 - Art of the Animal KingdomXVIII
"Stalking the Reeds" was juried in the Art of the Animal Kingdom exhibit at the Bennington Center for the Arts in Bennington, Vermont.
- 2013 - Artists for Conservation 2013
"Cruising the Pads" was juried into the 2013 Artist for Conservation exhibit at Grouse Mountain Resort in Vancouver, Canada. The painting of three Hooded Mergansers slipping through lily pads will be used in their environmental calendar in association with the exhibit.
- 2013 - Salon International 2013
"Whatever Happened to the Singing Cowboys" was juried in the Salon International 2013 exhibit at Greenhouse Gallery in San Antonio, Texas
- 2013 - International Guild of Realism Exhibit 2013
"Resistance" was juried in to the Annual International Guild of Realism Exhibit 2013 at the Gallery Tempe Center for the Arts in Tempe, Arizona.
- 2012 - Art of the Animal Kingdom XVII
"Lowland Feeders" was juried in to the Art of the Animal Kingdom exhibit at the Bennington Center for the Arts in Bennington,Vermont.
- 2012 - Artists for Conservation 2012
"Lowland Feeders" was juried into the 2012 Artists for Conservation exhibit at Grouse Mountain Resort in Vancouver, Canada. "Resistance" was juried into the virtual exhibit.
- 2012 - Salon International 2012
"Gray Coastal Morning" and "Resistance" was juried into the Salon International 2012 exhibit at Greenhouse Gallery in San Antonia, Texas.
- 2011 - Art of the Animal Kingdom XVI
"Between the Breakers" was juried in to the Art of the Animal Kingdom exhibit at the Bennington Center for the Arts in Bennington, Vermont.
- 2011 - Salon International 2011
"Broken Wave" and "Moon Plant Feeders" was juried into the Salon International 2011 exhibit at Green House Gallery in san Antonio, Texas.
- 2010 - Colorado Habitat Stamp Winner
Painting"Quick Drink" won the 2010 Colorado Commemorative Habitat Stamp Contest and will be produced as a print, stamp and medallion in 2010 by the Colorado Wildlife Heritage Foundation.
- 2008 - Artist in Residence-Grand Canyon National Park
Len was the artist in resisdence for three weeks in November in Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona.
- 2007 - Artist in Residence-Acadia National Park
Len was be the artist in residence for three weeks in September in Acadia National Park in Maine.
- 2006 - Featured Artist
Clayton Decoy and Wildlife Art Show, Clayton, NY
- 2005 - Artisans In Nature Jubilee
Rhapsody in Blue, White and Gray wins first place in painting on board and canvas. Matgorda Nature Center will reproduce it as a poster and print.
- 2004 - Art of the Animal Kingdom IX
Painting-Stretching picked as part of exhibit in Bennington, Vermont.
- 2004 - Permanent Collection-Bennington
Painting "Stretching" chosen for the permanent collection of the Bennington Center for the Arts.
- 2004 - Award-Kentucky National Wildlife Art Exhibit
Len's painting "Two Big Ones" Awarded the Gamco Award in the Kentucky National Wildlife Art Exhibit.
- 2001 - Featured Artist
Beaver Lake Nature Center Wildlife Art Show, Syracuse , NY
- 1999 - Hall of Fame
Elected to the North Tonawanda Hall of Fame
- 1996 - Artist
Winner NY state Duck stamp
- 1995 - One Man Show
Frederic Remington Art Museum
- 1995 - Print Feature
National Wild Turkey Federation
- 1993 - Atlantic Fly Way Artist
Print featured by Ducks Unlimited
- 2002 and 2003-First place painting-Colden Valley, Ny
- 2002-Employee of the year-Niagara Falls Schools, NY
- Salon International
- 2007 - Acadia National Park
The painting Acadia Moment depicting two men in a canoe observing a loon in the bay near the entrance of Acadia's Schoodic Penninsula area is in their permanent collection.
- 2004 - Bennington Center of the Arts
Painting of two loons selected for permanent collection.
- Arkansas Arts and Science Center
- WXXI - PBS Rochester, NY
- Canfield and Tack Rochester, NY
- Seaway Journal (1999)
- Wildlife Art (1999)
Painting "Snow Queen & King" used in book -
Author: Alan Singer
Published by: Rockport Publishers
- NY Conservationist
- April 1996, December 1998, April 1999;
- North Americans Falconers Assoc. Journal
- 2010 - Buffalo Niagara Art Association
Art group in Western New York area determined to support excellence in art.
- 2008 - International Guild of Realism
A guild formed for the advancement of Realism in Fine Art
- Ducks Unlimited
- Rocky Mountain Elk
- North American Falconers' Association
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