Before they were any good: Ross Paterson
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; Queensland Watercolour Society 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 and Wellington in New Zealand on many occasions. 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”.
Ross has been a regular contributing writer for Australian Artist magazine, and more recently he has contributed a comprehensive article, along with various examples of his work, 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.
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’. He is also an invited member of the Australian Watercolour Institute (based in Sydney).
Currently he has over 200 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); the inaugural ‘Kenneth Jack Award’ for watercolour in Victoria, and many other major exhibitions throughout Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales.