top of page
  • clairelow9

5 Creative Questions with… Wilamina Russo

Wilamina Russo, sometimes called Willy, is a mentor to artists and a broadcaster. I first encountered her through social media - I had a Willy's eye view of the National Emerging Art Prize. Namely, I saw a video she posted of the NEAP 2023 exhibition and it happened to include a glimpse of my artwork, All Monsters Are Real (and me!). Wilamina. in her caption, praised the calibre of works and congratulated the curator, Amber Cresswell Bell.

I then saw another NEAP finalist, Chilu, explain that a small scale work of hers was in Wilamina's Artist Showcase. This was a 30 day unveiling of little paintings by Australian emerging artists, each of which was to be sold for $200, with proceeds to Rural Aid. Watching Willy reveal each painting was a joy and a great way to discover new, exciting artists throughout November. I didn't manage to snag any paintings myself (everything sold out in mere minutes), but standouts to me included Chilu's shiny balloon; Kate Quinn's cheerful blooms (and lavishly striped sides); and Shaan Bhula's startlingly perfect bag of tomatoes. Wilamina's love of art and excitement in her Showcase was infectious.

Wilamina Russo. Photo: supplied

Wilamina Russo is the 15th in my series of creatives to take five questions.

When my creative process is stuck, I reach for... music and mother nature.

The weirdest thing about being a creative human is... seeing stories everywhere.

The most unusual object in my house is... an electric fly swat shaped like a tennis racket.

I celebrate my achievements by... spending time with loved ones.

Something in the world that already exists that I wish I had created is... the paperclip?

Find out more about Wilamina Russo at - you can listen to podcasts, take an online course called The Astute Artist, and more.

49 views0 comments



Thanks for subscribing!

Find out about new art, publications, sales and more.

bottom of page