THE KEY STEP IN A JOURNEY
Like few other artists, Ross can pinpoint the exact moment he found his own artistic voice “Journey is definitely one of my favourite and most memorable personal pieces,” he says. “I’d been in school for about a year and was learning a lot, but hadn’t really applied it. I didn’t know who I was as an artist. In class, I felt I was creating a lot of cool stuff, which showed my artistic influences, but there was little of me in there.”
Ross wanted to “bring something to life.” He says Journey proves hard work really does pay off. All the best elements of Ross’s work came together: it’s colourful and stylised but painterly; the composition is strong and the characters are suggestive of a much larger narrative than we’re seeing.
After completing Journey, Ross started understanding the kind of workflow that suited him. “I began to really love painting,” he says. “I started to absorb information faster. This piece hung in my school’s gallery and was a staple of my portfolio. It was definitely a breakthrough moment.”
Journey “I really wanted to express a sense of movement and vision with this one.”