Russmo was born in Los Angeles, California and at the age of one was transplanted to northern Australia by his adventure-seeking parents. It was here in the rugged, unpopulated space of the beautiful outback that Russmo developed his appreciation for self-reliance and open spaces. It was also where Russmo says he learned that kangaroos are probably the dumbest animals to walk the face of the earth.
Russmo (right) is pictured with older brother near Darwin, Australia in late 1960s. Russmo is holding the family pet kangaroo, Jo-Jo.
After almost 13 years in Australia, Russmo's family resettled in Arizona. In Arizona Russmo graduated from high school and later from college with a degree in Journalism. Russmo has always had an interest in art, but it was during college that he first started drawing political cartoons.
Russmo later owned and operated a small commercial print shop. It was during this 10 year stint as a small business owner that Russmo developed a true awareness of the struggles of small business people in complying with multiple levels of government regulation and taxation while trying to make a living.
This new awareness manifested itself in the cartoons that Russmo produced for the weekly newspaper, Backbone, during those years.
Today, Russmo's day job is Operations Director at a nutritional company which manufactures a line of whole food supplements. As time allows, Russmo still regularly produces cartoon -- both for his own website and to fill paid custom orders. Russmo cartoons have now appeared in over 100 publications in six countries.
Whenever he has time to spare, Russmo enjoys exploring the backroads of Arizona and New Mexico in his four wheel drive, hiking with his family, shooting, and spoiling his dogs.
And yes, Russmo is a pen name. You can call him Russ when sending mail.