Ross has a style that works with his ideas, composition and colour palette. His paintings are all about telling stories. They are a mixture of seemingly perfect places and events. But like all good stories, not everything is as it seems.
Born in 1966, Ross grew up in Otaki, a small town of just 5000 people, 70km north of Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand.
He spent the first 18 years of his life there and during this time, he watched the world change and the pace of life speed up dramatically. But his town pretty much stayed the same. As with most small towns, everybody knew each other and, in many ways, it was an idyllic life. Ross hung onto the precious memories of the things and places he’d left behind. In a lot of ways you can still find much of the "country pace of life" in his paintings.
He paints full-time, from his studio in Snells Beach in Auckland, supplying galleries with his version of everyday life as he sees it. Ross has a style that works with his ideas, composition and colour palette. His paintings are all about telling stories. They are a mixture of seemingly perfect places and events. But like all good stories, not everything is as it seems. Shadows create just enough intrigue to tip the balance between a serene or sinister scene. The result is just enough information in the composition to engage the viewer. From there it’s up to viewers to fill in the gaps and create their own story.
Ross still loves the line, “Don’t let the truth get in the way of a good story.” So as you view his paintings, don’t let your imagination stop you from seeing the big picture. How far the journey takes you is entirely up to you. Every person has a slightly different take on what’s happening. Sometimes the story is simpler than we think. Other times a simple scene may hide a complex situation.