Len Rusin’s inspiration to paint wildlife developed while backpacking through several Northeastern states, Canada and Alaska. On these excursions, he uses his field notes, sketches and photographs to create his artistic statements. Len taught for thirty-four years and retired in 2003 to become a full-time artist. He has been painting for most of his adult life and has won many awards including being the featured artist for several wildlife art shows.
His paintings are in many permanent collections and museums including the Bennington Museum in Vermont. Len’s artwork has been used on conservation stamps, greeting cards, and prints for national wildlife conservation groups.
He has been the artist in residence in Acadia and Grand Canyon National Parks. Rusin’s paintings use sound principles of art and design to reflect his concern for the environment and encourage the viewer to pause and experience his painted image. There is hardly a day without him having a brush or pencil in his hand. Len’s paintings have been exhibited in the Artists for Conservation exhibit in Vancouver, Canada and in their National and China tour for the last 7 years.