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Russo sculpted his depiction of Santiago from the novel “The Old Man and the Sea” by Ernest Hemingway. Russo said he likes to sculpt the expression from people’s faces and likes the weathered look.
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Scott Russo is shown with another artist’s piece titled The Anchor. Russo’s art consists of mixed mediums, but his focus lately has been to sculpt and show the weathered expressions of the human face.

By LEANA CHOATE - lchoate@newsexaminer.com

A local artist’s inspiration behind his artwork is the human face.

Scott Russo, who says his artist statement is not easily defined, works with a mixture of mediums. 

“It’s tough to say who I am as an artist,” Russo said. “I do a lot of different work and I work with a lot of different things.”

While Russo works with different mediums, he says he’s inspired by nature and wildlife.

“I like the weathered stuff,” Russo laughed. “I’m learning about visnomy,” which is the method of judging characters from facial features, “and I really like to create pieces that show how people feel.”

Russo has created multiple sculptures titled Can You Relate, in which he has made different faces that express different feelings.

“Like I said, I liked the weathered stuff and looking at people through the years I started to see how they look if they’ve worked hard out in the sun; as I got older I became more interested in the weathering on peoples faces, in the wrinkles and cracks,” Russo said. 

Russo currently lives in Dublin and has turned his house into a studio.

“All the kids have moved out, so my wife and I decided to turn the house into a studio. I have shelves of pottery jars throughout my house,” Russo laughed. 

Russo is attending graduate school at IUPUI, and after he receives his Masters he wants to teach at a university level.

“People ask me why I like art, or why I’m an artist. I tell them it’s just fun. People say art is nice, that it’s just a hobby. I didn’t embrace art as a career until the late ’80s, jobs were nice and put food on the table, but didn’t feed me,” Russo said.

Russo sculpts faces, human figures and wildlife creatures.