Born in Victoria and with an inherent love of the Australian landscape, Ross commenced oil painting at about 16 years of age, whilst a student in Shepparton,Victoria. He was encouraged as a student, to draw and paint on location (a trend he still maintains).While still a teenager he completed a Diploma of Graphic Design at Caulfied Institute of Technology (now Monash University). This course included life drawing, graphic printmaking, as well as painting and design.
Following over twenty years of teaching art in Victorian Secondary schools, and painting part time, Ross resigned from the Education system in 1994 to pursue his passion for painting.
Being a passionate and dedicated teacher, Ross is always in high demand for his popular and informative workshops. He is constantly requested to travel throughout Australia and overseas to teach and encourage willing artists.
Regular venues for teaching include the Mitchell School of Arts at Bathurst University; Art Society of Canberra; Dookie Art Workshops-[Melbourne University]: Queensland Watercolour Society, Watercolour Society of Victoria and Combined Art societies of Sydney as well as Adelaide in South Aus. He has also been called on to teach in Perth, WA as well as Tasmania and many locations throughout Melbourne and Victoria in general.
He has been invited to teach in Queenstown,Auckland and Wellington in New Zealand on many occasions and also China and France in 2016. Ross has also judged various major art shows throughout Australia. He has been invited to participate in many group and solo exhibitions throughout Australia and overseas.
*Group exhibitions include China and Taiwan in 1991 and 1995. In 2010, and again in 2012, he has been an invited guest artist in the biennial Shanghai Zhujiajiao International Watercolour Exhibition – one of twenty international artists to receive this invitation.
In 2012 he was one of the selected artists to receive an “Award of Excellence for his watercolour entry- ‘Rooftops,Nth Italy”.[right]
Ross has been a regular contributing writer for Australian Artist magazine for many years,[since 1989], and more recently he has contributed comprehensive articles in U.K. Artist Magazine-2016, and in “L’ Art de Aquarelle” magazine (the French Watercolour magazine)September,2010.
Also,he was published in the excellent follow-up book (released in January, 2011) “The Art of Watercolour-The Book” which features the work of 24 significant International Watercolour Painters.
*2010 saw the release of his first DVD movie: Summer Light in Watercolour”, which features works painted on location in Northern Victoria.This has been produced by APV Films in the UK. A second DVD-“Masterclass”,[in Watercolour and Oil, was produced in 2013, by APVfilms.co.uk
His work hangs in many permanent collections in corporate and municipal galleries and also private collections of art throughout Australia and overseas. In 1998 he was invited to become a member of the exclusive art society ‘Twenty Melbourne Painters’, [one of the oldest art societies in Australia] He is also an invited member of the Australian Watercolour Institute (based in Sydney).
Currently he has over 220 major awards to his credit including being three times winner of the Australian Landscape Award at Camberwell Art Show. His work has been awarded at Victor Harbor a number of times (Major Award, 2005 and 2019); the inaugural ‘Kenneth Jack Award’ for watercolour in Victoria-2007, and many other major exhibitions throughout Victoria, South Australia, New South Wales,France and China.
Public & council collections
Benalla Art Gallery – [Ledger Collection]
Maryborough, Vic. Art Gallery
Shepparton Art Museum
Bright Art Gallery
City Of Kingston[Melb.]
Box Hill Council Collection
Euroa Council Collection
Numurkah Council Collection
Corowa Art Space, [NSW]
Echuca City Council Collection
Deniliquin Council Collection
Ballarat Council Collection
Knox City ,[Melb] Collection
Wangaratta Art Gallery
Esashi, Japan, Collection
Zhuijiajiao, [Shanghai]Art Centre, Shanghai, China
Recent major awards are:
Best Painting, Hamilton, Vic- 2019
* Best Painting-Corporate Award, Victor Harbor, 2019
Award of excellence – Shanghai Zhuijiajiao International Watercolour Biennial-2012
Best Painting Award – Hamilton – 2012 (for a watercolour)
Best Watercolour Award – City of Kingston – 2012
Best Watercolour Award – Bright Art Festival – 2012
Best Pastel Award – Alexandra – 2012
Sprod Award for Watercolour – Victor Harbor – 2012
Best Watercolour Award – City of Kingston – 2011
Best Oil Award – Bacchus Marsh – 2011
Best Painting Award – Hamilton – 2011 (for an oil painting)
Best Landscape – Camberwell – 2011(for an oil painting)
Best Pastel – Bright Art Festival – 2011
Best in Show – Alexandra – 2010 (for an oil painting)
Hill Industries Award, Victor Harbor – Oil. 2008
Grand Art Award, Wangaratta. 2007 (for an oil painting)
Best Watercolour, Hamilton. 2007
Best Watercolour, Corowa. 2007
Kenneth Jack Award – Major Australian Watercolour Award. 2007
St Kevins College – Best Watercolour. 2006
Mt Waverley – Best Watercolour. 2005
Bachus Marsh – Best Watercolour. 2005
Best in Show, Alexandra – Oil. 2005 (for an oil painting)
Best Watercolour, Mornington. 2005
Best in Show, Victor Harbour. 2005 (for an oil painting)
Mt Waverley – Best Oil.Award 2004Ross
Best Watercolour, Bacchus Marsh. 2004
Best in Show, Alexandra – Pastel. 2004
Wangaratta – Best Watercolour. 2003
Best Watercolour, Ivanhoe. 2003
Best in Show, Alexandra.Oil 2003
“Painting to me is all about possessing an intimate feeling for, and subsequent understanding of, the depicted subject. My initial response, usually to an interesting subject and the light and mood associated with it, is envisaged and then interpreted with sensitivity and some conceptual feeling.
Consideration is given to design and then the necessary elements, such as shape (drawing), tonal value, color and texture. To simplify this statement, I look for the ‘shape’ of the building and also the ‘shape’ of the space around this, making sure there is a relevant balance throughout the whole work. As the painting proceeds, the inner feeling and rhythm tends to take over.
As is always with me, that endeavour to capture a moment in creation’s mighty span of time, a fleeting moment, but something of special significance to me as an artist. I am of the opinion that it is a privilege to utilise my God-given talent to the best of my ability during the course of completing each painting.”