Born in 1946, Russell Cobane has dedicated a lifetime to the perfection of his artistic talent. He began in his youth as a landscape painter and spent many hours camping and fishing. In his 30's, he was a prominent commercial illustrator with a Madison Avenue artist representative. His love of plants and nature called to his soul and in 1984 he began painting wildlife.
Russ won the People's Choice Award at the Michigan Wildlife Habitat Foundation Show for five consecutive years, designed a series of eight collector plates for The Bradford Exchange and designed greeting cards for the National Wildlife Federation and the Humane Society. Cobane's efforts in conservation have earned in excess of $500,000 for Ducks Unlimited alone.