THE KEY STEP IN A JOUR­NEY

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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.”

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