Ross was the winner of an "Award of Excellence" at the Shanghai Watercolour Biennial in November 2012 and invited to attend the awards presentation in China. His entry "Rooftops, Northern Italy" was selected amongst the top watercolours in the whole of the International section of the exhibition. That’s from about two thousand entries from sixty one different Countries.These awards also attracted 10,000 entries from Chinese artists. It’s the biggest watercolour show in the world and in the words of one of the judges "No wonder they need a huge panel of judges".
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 Caulfield 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 Australia. 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 2012, he was a guest of honour in the biennial Shanghai Zhujiajiao International Watercolour Exhibition - one of only twenty international artists to receive this invitation. 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 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 of which Ross is proudly one.
In 2010 he also released of his first DVD movie: “Summer Light in Watercolour", which features work 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]. He has well over 200 major awards to his credit including being twice 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 N.S.W.
Ross Paterson is a renowned Australian landscape artist with the unique ability to interpret the distinctive character, light and atmosphere of the subject in various mediums.
Acknowledged by his peers and art lovers alike, for his ability to produce award-winning works in Watercolour, Oil and Pastel, Ross has been described in Australian Artist Magazine - July, 2005, as 'one of Australia's great prize-winning all-rounders'. The images below are just some of those SOLD at Seymour: