R o s s P a t e r s o n
For me, painting is about possessing an intimate feeling for, and subsequent understanding of, the depicted subject, including the light and mood associated with this. It is envisaged, appropriately planned and then interpreted with some conceptual feeling and sensitivity. Consideration is given to design and the necessary elements that combine to create the unified work. I look for the balance of spatial shape, negative and positive, relative tonal values and warm-cool colour balance throughout the work. I avoid naming the shapes for as long as possible, the big shapes being of utmost importance for most of the painting, with both major and minor areas eventuating in a balanced way. As the painting proceeds, the inner feeling and rhythm tend to take over. The endeavour to capture a moment in creation’s great span of time, often a fleeting moment, is something that is of special significance to me as an artist.
Having commenced painting at an early age, Ross Paterson completed a Diploma of Graphic Design at Caulfield Institute of Technology (now Monash University) and worked for two years as a graphic design artist prior to becoming an art teacher in technical and secondary schools in Melbourne and Shepparton. Since resigning in 1994, he has been a full-time practicing artist.
Paterson is the recipient of more than two hundred awards, including the Camberwell Art Show Australian Landscape Award, which he won three times, the inaugural Kenneth Jack Award for Watercolour, 2007 and an Award of Excellence at the 2012 Shanghai Zhujiajiao International Watercolour Biennial.
His work is represented in many public, corporate and private collections throughout Australia and overseas, including Benalla Art Gallery, Maryborough Art Gallery, Shepparton Art Museum, Bright Art Gallery, Wangaratta Art Gallery, City of Kingston, Box Hill Council, Corowa Art Space, Euroa Council, Knox City Collection, Easashi, Japan and Zhujiajiao Art Centre, China.
In 2010, Paterson released the DVD, Summer Light in Watercolour, produced by APV Films, United Kingdom, which features works painted on location in Northern Victoria. He has contributed numerous articles to Australian Artist magazine from 1990 to 2005, as well as to L’Art de l’Aquarelle (The Art of Watercolour, France) in 2010-2011.
Elected a member of the Australian Watercolour Institute in 2008, he has been a member of the Twenty Melbourne Painters Society since 1998.