Russell V. Dabak, the Artist
Born October 14, 1966 in Hackensack, New Jersey, Russell was diagnosed with autism at the age of 8. Upon being presented with this diagnosis, his parents were told to place him in an institution and “never look back”. But Russell’s parents did just the opposite; and 40 years later, he has evolved into a premier artist thriving here in Charlotte.
At the age of about 4, before he could speak, Russell’s grandmother Evelyn would sit and encourage him to draw simple objects, like flowers. Russell has an affinity for flowers adding one to his name at every opportunity he can. From his signature, birthday cards or his paintings, Russell’s flowers are always popping up and have become his signature trademark.
In addition to being a artist. Russell is a music lover, in particular, his favorite are Frank Sinatra, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen and Elvis.
Attending a local art program 4 days a week, which is what started his creative journey, you can also find Russell volunteering at the JCC on Monday greeting everyone in the fitness as they come in for their daily workout. Russell resides in Charlotte with his mother, father and West Highland Terrier, Trixie.
Lauren (Dabak) Troche, Co-Founder
Raymond A. Dabak, C0-Founder
Growing up, our older brother, Russell had a record player in his bedroom which was the only one in the house. "Russell's room" was a safe haven for us. We could often be found sneaking into down the stairs into his bedroom to listen to records nightly with Russell and keeping one another company. Filled with so many different records of varying shapes and sizes, Russell's room was filled with magic music, love, and happiness.
My mission for Russell's Room is to empower, support and encourage other like minded individuals who are on a similar journey to foster relationships that are made to last a lifetime and build on the 3 pillars: kindness, love and support.
As a sibling, I planned to care for Russell through the later years of our life, however, fast forward several years, little did I know that my life come full circle and not only would I manage the role of sister to a special needs sibling, but I would also become a mom to a special needs child of my own, now setting an example for my own children. Life has a funny way of preparing you for things in advance.
Words put into action can change the trajectory of an individual. We never know an individual's struggle, but we can encourage them along the way. #russellsroom