I draw what I see.  Still life to cityscapes, I enjoy the process of making sense of what I see and then getting that on the page.  I often add color with watercolor or colored pencils (sometimes I play with acrylic on wood).  I prefer to sketch on site, and outdoors if possible.  I live in the incredibly beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in Asheville, North Carolina with my husband, three children and lap cat.  I can often be found outside with a small sketchbook and pen in hand if I’m not biking or jogging, or chasing my youngest, who happens to be an amazingly fast runner for a four year old.

Originally from north Florida, I’ve grown to love the mountains as much as I love the ocean.  Seventeen years in Western North Carolina, and I still don’t sound like I’m from around here, a visitor from Virginia recently told me.  Accent or not, North Carolina is home, and I am continually encouraged and inspired by the kindness and support of my family and friends, and also by the random people I happen to meet.

I am currently working on a series of pen and watercolor paintings of my favorite places in Asheville, and I am writing a collection of haiku and short poems.  I have also just completed two commissioned pen and watercolor paintings of two beautiful Asheville homes!

Archival prints on cold press fine art watercolor paper are available in 6" x 8", 8.5" x 11", 11" x 14", and 11" x 17" sizes, and can be purchased from me directly.  Please contact me for custom sizes.  

Postcards and notecards of my Asheville illustrations are also available. You can find my postcards and notecards at Dolce Vita on Wall St in Downtown Asheville, and at The Asheville Holiday Market every weekend in December.  My postcard of The Fine Arts Theatre is now at Mountain Merch in Biltmore Village, and postcards of my paintings of Double D's Coffee Bus, Le Bon Café, and The L.O.F.T. of Asheville, are available at those locations, as well as online at!  My postcard of 67 Biltmore will soon be available at that location!

If you have any questions about my work, are interested in commissioning a piece, or just want to say hello, send me an email at info[at]jenniferruss[dot]com. 

And to be one of the first to see my most recent paintings, and some of my daily pen sketches, follow me on instagram at:  @jenniferrussavl

Thank you!  



All the artwork on this site was created by Jennifer Russ.  For licensing rights or commission work, please email Jennifer at info[at]jenniferruss[dot]com..