profileBorn 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.
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, Adelaide in South Aus., Perth, WA,Tasmania, Queenstown,Auckland and Wellington in New Zealand .
Group exhibitions include China and Taiwan in 1991, 1995, 2010, and again in 2012. He was 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”.
Ross was a regular contributing writer for Australian Artist magazine for many years,[since 1989], and more recently has contributed a comprehensive article, along with various examples of his work, in “L’ Art de Aquarelle” magazine (the French Watercolour magazine)September,2010.
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.
His work hangs in many permanent collections in corporate and municipal galleries and also private collections throughout Australia and overseas.
Currently he has over 220 major awards to his credit