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Russ Cox was raised by a pack of crazed hillbillies in the back woods of Tennessee. After graduating from art school with a portfolio in his hand, he ventured into the world of design and illustration. He opened his own studio, Smiling Otis Studio, where he specializes in illustration for children.
He has illustrated several books for children including Freddy the Frogcaster; Whatever Says Mark, written by Terry Collins (Capstone); and Nite Nite Soldier by Michael and Beth Hofer (Outhouse Ink).
Russ is also a writer. His first title as both author and illustrator, Faraway Friends, was published by Sky Pony Press in Spring, 2015.
Artist photo by Kevin Bennett for Islandport Press
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