Award-winning Portland artist Diane Russell and JBP

Posted on September 15, 2011


One of the goals of the Jazz Bridge Project is to share the best of Portland with the city of Khabarovsk.

When I think of  visual art that represents Portland’s jazz spirit, I immediately think of Diane Russell’s work.

Diane is an award-winning painter who has become a fixture in Portland’s jazz community  through her  beautiful oil portraits of some of Portland’s best-loved jazz musicians like Mel Brown, Nancy King, Art Abrams and Thara Memory, as well as other notable music figures.

Diane has generously offered to donate a print of her memorable painting of a night at Jimmy Maks Jazz Club  to the Jazz Bridge Project.  This painting is so vibrant and joyous, I think it really captures something of what is special about Portland’s jazz scene.

We will present this painting to the Mayor of Khabarovsk as a gift from our city to theirs  on our trip this December. You can see this and other paintings of Diane’s here

Jimmy Maks by Diane Russell

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