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image-ros-tree4aBORN IN SYDNEY, Ros grew up in a creative family in the beachside suburb of Cronulla. Her earliest memories are of helping her mother with ticket designing for retail shops and of spending countless hours drawing.

Having spent her teenage years in the burgeoning seaside township of Coffs Harbour, Ros succumbed to the lure of overseas travel, devoting many years to exploring Korea, Japan, The Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, India and America. Throughout her journey she accumulated a trove of exotic trinkets, beads and shells and began to fashion them into gold and silver jewellery pieces. Her creations proved very popular in Australia and thus began a long and fulfilling involvement in importation and retail.

During this busy period Ros also married and raised two children, but as often happens, life finds a way of turning the dream into a nightmare. In 1994, her eldest son, Jason, was diagnosed with Leukemia and died on the 20th January 1996. The strain took its toll on the 19 year marriage and Ros and her husband parted ways soon after.

These tragedies prompted Ros to reassess life’s priorities, and in so doing she began to direct her energies into painting, a passion necessarily placed on hold. After studying art and painting under Lorraine Abernathy, Peter Abraham and Trudy Forrest, she went on to complete a Graphic Arts course at The Gold Coast Institute of Graphic Art in 1999. This course unearthed a love of acrylics, particularly in celebration of the human form.

After years of developing her work Ros, and new partner, Ian, moved to the hinterland of Byron Bay in 2003. Nestled between mountains and sea, she has established a studio overlooking what was known as The Big Scrub, a subtropical rainforest once home to the magnificent red cedar tree. Ros’s subjects, the vulnerable fauna and flora of her backyard paradise, are now captured with even greater precision thanks to a recently completed Diploma of Fine Arts Lismore

Ros directs 10% of her painting sales to The Children’s Oncology Foundation for research into Leukemia.

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Education & Training
1999
Diploma of Graphic Art
2010
Diploma of Fine Arts Lismore TAFE
Group Exhibitions

2014

Finalist Border Art Prize 2014,
Tweed River Art Gallery,
Murwillumbah NSW
2013
Group Exhibition, Christmas.
'The colour Red'
Anthea Polson Gallery, Main Beach, QLD
2013
Finalist Border Art Prize 2013,
Gold Coast Art Gallery,
The Arts Centre, Gold Coast QLD
2013

Finalist Byron Arts Classic
Byron Community Centre,
Byron Bay NSW

2012
Group Exhibition 'The Artist Revealed',
Christmas Self Portrait Exhibition,
Anthea Polson Gallery, Main Beach, QLD
2012
Finalist Border Art Prize 2012,
Tweed River Art Gallery,
Murwillumbah NSW
2012
Byron Arts Classic,
Byron Community Centre,
Byron Bay NSW
2011
Caldera Artfest, Murwillumbah Civic Centre, Murwillumbah NSW
2011
Artfelt Art Prize, Northern Rivers Community Gallery, Ballina NSW
2011
Salon de Refuse Exhibition,
The Little Art Shop Gallery,
Alstonville NSW
2011
Byron Arts Classic,
Byron Community Centre,
Byron Bay NSW
2010
Finalist in the Border Art Prize Tweed River Art Gallery, Murwillumbah NSW
2010
‘2nd Draw Down’ Space Gallery,
Lismore TAFE, Lismore NSW
2010

‘Rocks & Rabbits & everything in between’ Wayward Gallery, Byron Bay NSW

2010
Finalist in the Caldera Artfest, Tweed
Shire Civic Centre, Murwillumbah NSW
2009

Space Gallery Lismore TAFE,
Lismore NSW

2009
'The Eight of Us’ Northern Rivers Community Art Gallery, Ballina NSW

2008

Space Gallery Lismore TAFE,
Lismore NSW

2001

‘The Nature of Seduction’
Royal Queensland Art Society,
Art Gallery, Broadbeach QLD
Awards
2012
Awarded Barebones Gallery Representation at Byron Bay Arts Classic
for 'Catbird'
2010
North Coast Institute Student Association
Art Acquisitive, ‘Highly Commended’
North Coast TAFE Lismore NSW for
'Willy Wagtail'
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