Making art is a way of life for Australian artist Robyn Ross. She recalls forever being compelled to record images of people and various things she sees around her, describing painting as “an obsession” – always having a small sketch book and pencil with her to sketch out ideas, and images that appeal to her.
Growing up in Sydney, Robyn’s carefree childhood days were a rich mix of cultural influences.” Colours, traditions and friendships impacted my life from a young age. My grandparents travelled extensively to exotic places, at a time when not many travelled. I loved the slide nights of their adventures which I believe were the start of my fascination with the wider world.”
Always expressing a particular interest in people, Robyn specialises in portraiture which of late includes canines. Her style and media are eclectic. Equally proficient with paint, charcoal and pencil, she draws from each medium to create a diverse output of work.
Fascinated by the personalities behind the faces Robyn’s zest for life and interaction with people informs her work with remarkable results. Celebrity portraits include Russell Crowe, Sir Tim Rice, Gordon Ramsey Kim Kardashian to name a few.
A Past President of Portrait Artists Australia, Robyn has completed several commissioned works for the University of Sydney and was Arts Ambassador for the Sir David Martin Foundation for many years. She has been a finalist in many national and International Art prizes awarded many commendations. Her works are held in public and private collections that stretch from Australia and NZ to UK, Italy, France, Germany Brazil and the UAE.
Considering herself largely self-taught, her formal art study many years ago includes periods at the Gallery School Meadowbank and Julian Ashton Art School.
Robyn’s work is a unique mix of experience and training, one she attributes to her constant interest in different approaches to her art, and a lifelong love of learning. You could easily describe Robyn as the quintessential artist in search of things that appeal to her and the lives of others to interpret on her canvas.
20 years ago, Robyn established Hunters Hill art group, has run workshops for NSVA, Charles Sturt University and Lucca Italy, as well as various art societies, and had enjoyed many rips to outback NSW running workshops. Robyn’s been an invited artist for over more than 80 exhibitions including The Australian Embassy in Washington, International Biennales of Izmir Turkey, Florence and ART Monaco.
Sought after as a guest speaker, teacher and judge, previous invitations include The Contempo group AGNSW, ABC Radio, Hunters Hill Art Show, Bulldust to Bitumen, Art House Hotel and The Professional Women’s Association.
Today, there is little doubt art has always been Robyn’s calling so it seems apt to leave the last works to her.
“I think I will always be travelling and painting, inspired by people, places, memory and the need to communicate and share what I see. I find myself on a constant search for artistic fulfilment which I think can only be found by continuing to create art.”
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