"I have been a dog portrait artist since 1980, specializing in custom dog portraits and sporting dog art for individuals, corporations and dog organizations. The dog portraits that I create are done in oil paint and come custom framed and ready to hang in your home or office."
A lifelong hunter and fisherman, Ross knows the adrenaline rush of a covey rise, the smell of dawn as ducks cup into the decoys and the thrill of a trout rising to a well-placed fly. Personal experiences like these add authenticity to his paintings and invite the viewer to relive his/her own outdoor adventures.
Ross received his Bachelor of Fine Art and Master of Art degrees in painting from the University of Tulsa. Over the years, Ross has exhibited his work in national and international art shows, galleries and museums. The Bird Dog Museum and Hall of Fame has over 45 of his paintings in their collection. He is a member of Oil Painters of America and his clients include such corporate giants as Nestle Purina, International Paper Company and Procter & Gamble.
A professional artist since 1980, Ross’ award winning art spans a number of painting genres. His repertoire of subjects includes upland bird hunting, fly fishing, wildlife, landscapes and Ross has the honor of painting the most distinguished sporting dogs in the world. Since 1997, the Nestle Purina Company has commissioned Ross to annually paint ten of their Outstanding Field Trial Dog Award portraits. He is the official artist for the National Pointing Dog Championship (which has been running for over 100 years on the historic Ames Plantation) the American Field Quail and Pheasant Futurity, the N.S.T.R.A. Trial of Champions, the National Open Shooting Dog Championship, the U.S. Shooting Dog Invitational Championship and the Continental Championship.
Ross’ works have appeared on the covers of or in magazines such as Pointing Dog Journal, Gun Dog, Quail Unlimited, American Field, Grouse Point Almanac, Sporting Tales, Retriever Journal, Wildlife Art, Field Trial, Shotgun Sports, Upland Almanac, Ultimate Outdoors and U.S. Art. To date, Ross has published over 70 limited edition prints including 20 to benefit the Ozark Trails Council of the Boy Scouts of America. In 2009, Ross had a showing of his BSA paintings along side original Norman Rockwell BSA paintings at the Ozark Trails Council Boy Scout Museum and at the Missouri State University Art Museum.
When Ross is not at work in his studio, you will most likely find him out doing what he loves most: hunting, fly fishing or field training bird dogs. Ross divides his working time between his main studio located in a rural setting just outside of Springfield, MO, and his mobile studio “Arlo” which could be about anywhere.
"As a dog owner myself, I understand the bond between you and your favorite canine hunting partner. I was raised training, hunting and field trialing sporting dogs. This, coupled with my background in the fine arts, gives me the ability to paint your dog accurately and to place him in a hunting situation that is real. Your painting will honor your special partner in a work of quality fine art. An original oil painting is the ultimate way to pay tribute to your dog(s) and your memories of wonderful days spent afield."
Commissioned dog portraits are scheduled on a first come first serve basis. Due to time limitations a waiting period should be expected. Custom dog portraits start at $1,200.
For more information concerning sizes, prices and the procedure for commissioning a portrait, please feel free to contact TBI Customer Service at 281-530-3916 or firstname.lastname@example.org so we can discuss your individual needs. Each painting is unique to the individual client, subject and background.
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