Paintings Stolen from Charleston County Public Library

  • Posted on: September 5, 2013
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UPDATE 3: (8/5/13):

NGC 2024 Flame Nebula - Epoxy resin and acrylic on wood, 12 x 16

Stolen 7/30/2013, STILL MISSING: NGC 2024; Flame Nebula – Epoxy resin, acrylic and glitter on canvas, 12”x16”

I just spoke to an investigator at the police station regarding the paintings they recovered from a business on Reid St. Here are the ones they found so far:

NGC 4414 Spiral Galaxy

NGC 6611 Eagle Nebula (Pillars of Creation)

M45; Pleiades

NGC 2024; Flame Nebula is still missing, along with the pieces by Danita Cole and Sherry Brown that were also stolen from the library by the same man.

I can go pick up the three paintings they recovered from the station today- I’M SO RELIEVED. Especially since Spiral Galaxy and Eagle Nebula were recovered, so I can finally photograph them properly! I’m so happy that I can put those in the Interspatial exhibition again when it goes up at the Coastal Community Foundation in October.

Thank you so much to the Charleston County police department for their hard work in tracking this stupid felon down!

The thief. Stupid dingus.

As another positive police-related anecdote… A police officer downtown totally raced me on my bike yesterday, it was awesome. He clocked my speed at 15mph and urged me to go faster until I hit 20.

UPDATE 2 (8/3/13):

Police have arrested a local man and recovered my three resin paintings! I don’t have them back yet, but I assume the police will contact me in due time. My Spiral Galaxy painting is still “at large,” though.

The thief’s name is Robert Wayne Russell, age 57, and from the sound of it he’s some sort of career crook; he went to jail for aggravated assault (yikes!) from ’11 to ’12, and JUST got out of jail on bond for shoplifting.the moment is that they got a warrant to search his house, and it will be recovered there.

Here’s his mugshot from last year, on the right.

UPDATE (8/2/13): ANOTHER painting was stolen this morning! I am just appalled.


Stolen 8/2, recovered 8/2 – NGC 4414; Spiral Galaxy – Epoxy resin and acrylic on canvas, 20″x16″

That is now 4 paintings out of the 12 on display- 1/3 of the work! MAY THE PASTA LORD CURSE YOU WITH ETERNAL INDIGESTION, THIEF. No, seriously, I hate him.

3 4 of my paintings were stolen from my free public exhibition of work in the Charleston County Public Library by a single man wearing a backpack on July 30th 2013. The man returned on 8/1/13 to steal a fourth painting.

If you have any information that could lead to the recovery of the paintings or the apprehension of the thief, please contact me.

Pleiades - epoxy resin and acrylic on wood medium, 10in x 10in

Stolen 7/30, recovered 8/2 – M45; Pleiades – Epoxy resin, acrylic and glitter on canvas, 12”x12”

All the pieces were painted in my layered resin technique, and therefore each took weeks to complete. The Flame Nebula one alone had about 15 layers on it- and each layer has to sit out overnight to cure, so it took a minimum of 15 days assuming that I could even have time to work on it for 15 days in a row… I feel a bit violated, to be honest, especially since the three stolen pieces were the ones I was proudest of in the whole exhibition.

Please share this page with anyone you know that lives in the Charleston area!

I’m still hopeful they’ll show up somewhere, or that someonewill brag about “finding” them to someone who read this!


Stolen 7/30, recovered 8/2 – NGC 6611; Eagle Nebula (Pillars of Creation) – Epoxy resin and acrylic on canvas, 12”x12”

Thanks to the CCPL for their help and the police department for their assistance.

I feel quite sad about the missing paintings- especially Pleiades and Flame Nebula, two of my earliest resin paintings. I didn’t even get a decent picture of Eagle Nebula before it was stolen. I had a really hard time with the glare on it. Oh well, joke’s on you, thief- I forgot to put UV protecting sealer over the Eagle Nebula after I finished it, so it’ll cloud and yellow if you take it out into the sun. Small consolations…