North Shore Studio


Russell Copenharve was born in 1951 and joined the Arts of Life in 2012. He is a prolific painter who frequently makes small series of themed paintings before embarking on a new theme. Though themes may vary, the design principle of movement prevails throughout. This is most often portrayed with the element of water in his representational paintings. In his abstract works, lines and shapes create directional forces that precipitate movement.

“I made the water move. See the water coming down. And see little stars. Shining little stars. The color: dark and splash. Like the water is moving. Splashing. Make my hand move: motion. See? The water is going that way.”

Copenharve’s artwork is unified with an energetic and saturated color palette that creates tension through the juxtaposition of warm and cool tones. These values permeate his work in unexpected ways, portraying nuances of shifting light.

“I like to paint. I’m excited to see it. People buy my artwork. I am proud of myself. I am an artist.”

Copenharve is a highly-involved member in the Arts of Life community. In addition to attending and participating in studio art fairs and festivals, he is a member of the poetry group and a singer for Van Go Go. His artwork has been featured on studio merchandise, including the 2016 calendar.

Selected Exhibits

The Other Art Fair

Mana Contemporary, Chicago, IL - 2019

A is for Artist

Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago, IL - 2017

Permanent Collection

The Waisman Foundation, Madison, WI - 2017