• On the loose in Northern California

    On the loose in Northern California

  • A Russell painting inspired by mountains in Utah

    A Russell painting inspired by mountains in Utah

  • Fine leather bindings from Nautilus Bindery

    Fine leather bindings from Nautilus Bindery

  • The call of the river

    The call of the river

  • Renny at the oars on the Green River

    Renny at the oars on the Green River

  • Precious stones and goatskins for book bindings

    Precious stones and goatskins for book bindings

  • Man is just a guest in the desert wilderness

    Man is just a guest in the desert wilderness

  • Illustration from Rock Me on the Water

    Illustration from Rock Me on the Water

  • Boardshear tool used in book binding

    Boardshear tool used in book binding

  • Harry Aleson, from forthcoming book, Rebel of the Colorado

    Harry Aleson, from forthcoming book, Rebel of the Colorado

  • Cathedral in the desert, sacred places flooded by Glen Canyon Dam

    Cathedral in the desert, sacred places flooded by Glen Canyon Dam

  • Special binding commission for Rock Me on the Water

    Special binding commission for Rock Me on the Water

Adventure is not in the guidebook

and beauty is not on the map.


Seek and ye shall find.

RennyHome

Celebrating wild places and finding inspiration
in the American Southwest,
Renny Russell has made a life of exploring
the relationship between man and nature.

 

 

 

As a young man, Renny Russell set out with his brother, Terry, from their Northern California home to discover and explore the American West.

The result was On the Loose, written together, which chronicled their adventures and became an anthem for a generation, and continues to speak to readers of all ages.

But the story doesn't end there. A profound journey marked by the loss of his brother to the powerful forces of nature on the Green River, and his return to the river years later to come to terms with it, are beautifully recounted in Rock Me on the Water, a Life on the Loose.

Renny has embraced life through art and books, where his love of nature extends to observations of the sacred, profane, and humorous in the world around us. His current adventure is the art of book binding and restoration of books as art. Through it all, he has maintained a healthy scepticism for societal constructs that pale in comparison with the powerful laws of nature.