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January: Michael Benevenia
April: Sharon Heyward aa
July: Patricia A. Bender

October: Cathleen Parra
February: Chiara Chandoha
May: Tania Sen
August: Susan Evans Grove
November: Bill Ross
March: Norma Greenwood
June: Raul Villarreal
September: Richard Buntzen
December: Linda Jacobs

NOVEMBER: Bill Ross

ARTIST'S STATEMENT

I was 20 yrs. old in 1970 and convinced that my dream of becoming a celebrated Rock Musician was imminent, after all, our band was opening concerts for Bruce Springsteen and we were both under the same management. Why shouldn't I leave the Art Students League and follow my passion? Several years later “The Boss” moved on, our band broke up and a decade of Asbury Park cover bands and disheartening day jobs ensued. By 1982, frustrated, disillusioned and depressed the guitar was put away permanently.

Employed as a landscaper I created an irrigation division which I still own and manage today. Art was now focused on the grounds and interior design of our house. I built elaborate moldings, wood paneled rooms filled with heavily carved antiques and an authentic (albeit small) Irish Pub.

During the 90's, the plan was to learn more about art history and theory in preparation for my return to visual arts. I checked out museums, galleries, art magazines and with the aid of video courses and books tried to understand and appreciate contemporary art. This energized my enthusiasm to continue and improve upon the artistry that I put aside for over 35 years.

At The League I loved creating surreal images with charcoal on white paper. However, when I resumed drawing in 2007 my friend Mark Dornan, an incredibly talented freelance artist/sculptor, had considerable influence on what I was trying to achieve visually.

To obtain more sculptural depth, black and white charcoal on toned paper became my preferred medium. With classically inspired draftsmanship and an ever changing narrative I hope that viewers will take time to discover their own story within my drawings.



art capriccio conflict

ART
B & W charcoal on toned paper
28” x 22”, 2012

Capriccio
B & W charcoal on toned paper
30” x 22”, 2011

Conflict
B & W charcoal on toned paper
17” x 14”, 2013

circus martyr medRare

If I Ran The Circus
B & W charcoal on toned paper
32” x25”, 2013

Martyr
B & W charcoal on toned paper
18” x 24”, 2010

Medium-Rare
B & W charcoal on toned paper
18” x 20”, 2012

music nevermore religiosity

MUSIC
B & W charcoal on toned paper
28” x 22”, 2012

Nevermore
B & W charcoal on toned paper
31” x 25”, 2011

Religiosity
Black & White charcoal on toned paper
30” x 24”, 2010

sister shall shaltNot

Sisterhood
B & W charcoal on toned paper
17” x 14”, 2013

Thou Shall
White charcoal on black paper
16” x 13”, 2013

Thou Shalt Not
White charcoal on black paper
16” x 13”, 2013


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copyright 2014; All images are the sole property of Bill Ross, and may not be used without prior written consent from the artist.