Russell Sonnenberg is the artist behind The Yesteryear Collection, a series of 40 (and counting) tractor prints. His works have been very popular with tractor enthusiasts. What fascinates these collectors about Russell Sonnenberg art is his brilliant ability to capture the essence of nostalgia and bring it back to the viewers' memory in vivid detail. "Oh, I remember," is a common phrase that people often use when admiring one of his pictures.
Russell grew up in Kossuth County in Iowa about 26 miles northeast of Algona.
He had been quoted as saying, "I grew up in the horse and buggy days." He began painting as a child mainly due to his mother's encouragement. Of course, his life on the farm heavily influenced his work a lot. In his younger days, he worked as a tractor mechanic at an Allis Chalmers dealership. His fascination with Allis Chalmers is evident in the number of paintings he has done of that specific brand. Over the past 42 years, he had painted various nostalgic country