Frantom first gained notoriety and national attention when in 2008 he was arrested and charged with conspiring to form an attack on his then high school Penn High School involving an accomplice located in Cleveland, Ohio Frantom was sixteen at the time. In the years since, Russell Frantom has gained attention and success both locally and regionally as an artist, and has been responsible for creating and hosting large art events mainly in his hometown of South Bend, Indiana. Frantom claims to be an expressionist and completes all of his paintings within hours.
On April 22, 2008, Russell Frantom was arrested after a school resource officer at Penn High School became aware of strange and unusual social media posts.
The investigation would then lead to uncovering threatening conversations between Frantom and an Ohio man by the name of Lee Billi. Russell Frantom was charged with conspiracy to commit murder and in a strange twist, several illegal and venomous rattlesnakes were removed from Frantom"s home, along with hundreds of swords and knives.
Art and Frantom"s art pieces are often very colorful, raw, and sometimes interestingly minimal. His most frequently used medium is watercolor.
He frequently paints self-portraits and animals.