Russ was born in Manhattan, New York and a graduate from Hofstra University, Long Island NY obtaining a B.S. in Fine Arts Education and an MA Humanities.
While studying at Hofstra Russ won second place Kappa Pi exhibition in oils. He has also taught art at Uniondale and Levittown Long Island schools.
His love of color experimentation has become evident in his non-objective expressionist work. Through the years he as exhibited work at galleries and juried shows on Long Island. Now retired, Russ enjoys painting and working at the Heckscher Museum of Art in Huntington New York as a volunteer docent.