About Us

About Us

At Russ Docken Gallery, our friends and collectors are important to us. That's why we strive to make our original paintings and painting prints available to customers nationwide and are always available to answer questions.

Russ Docken

About Our Artist

The dedication Russ Docken incorporates into his art and everyday life are critical aspects he uses to achieve his goals. In college, Russ became a three-time NCAA champion in track and field while pursuing visual arts as a career.

After college, Docken worked 11 years as an artist for Jostens™ painting mascots and coat of arms for schools across the country. In 1992, Russ left Jostens to fulfill his dream of painting full time in the fine arts. His oil paintings are sensitive interpretations of people often shown in idealistic settings.

Nothing is more intriguing to him than to look at the diversity and beauty of the human form. Each face is unique in its shadows, highlights, and colors revealing an endless variety of features. Today, Russ's career is well-established as he continues to live and paint in Owatonna, Minnesota.


Our Studio

Artists' Support System

Russ has been painting professionally for over 25 years. His work has been featured on KSTP News™ and in magazines such as Southwest Art™, Art of the West™, and Wildlife Art News™. His paintings are reproduced into limited edition prints, plates, and collectibles that are sold throughout the world. In addition to his creative pursuits, Russ has always relied on the support of his family. His wife and three children not only have been his most accessible models but have often given him a fresh view of his paintings in progress. He has always told his kids, "It is important to find something in life you are passionate about, and then find a way to make a living at it." He feels fortunate to be living that dream.

In The Studio

Recently he was asked to be interviewed for Collectors News Magazine™ where they featured an article and photos of his workspace titled, "In the Studio With Russ Docken." That article is coming soon to this website.

The Artist Ride

Recently Russ attended a photo shoot in South Dakota called "The Artist Ride." The photo shoot is held at Shearer Ranch on the Cheyenne River in South Dakota and attracts some of the best Western artists in the country. It also brings in a large group of outstanding models and actors from Western films such as "Dances With Wolves" and "Custer's Last Stand." Artists spend three days taking pictures of cowboys, mountain men, cavalry, and more. Acting as set designers and directors, artists set up and photograph settings to later recreate on canvas. The models' expert horsemanship and authentic period clothes create visually exciting images for artists to paint. The model, Jonathan Little Thunder, was one of Russ' favorite characters at the 2001 Artist Ride.


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