After studying architecture at Nottingham University, Ross has worked in the London creative industry for over twenty years, with a primary focus on identity design and architectural photography. Ross continues to work internationally, having returned to live in his native Belfast in 2016. The commercial influences of a rigorous approach to composition, along with the use of strong graphical elements, are evident in his painting work. Pre-production workflow is often carried out digitally, using skills developed in commercial design practice. Specific artistic influences cited are Richard Diebenkorn, Raimonds Staprans and Milton Avery. Of particular interest is Diebenkorn’s Ocean Park series, where an expressive and honest visual style (brush marks, layering, evidence of trial & error) is complemented with an overall sense of architectural order and graphic simplicity.