Rodan Ross is a visual artist based in Memphis, Tn. He uses different textures of acrylic paint to depict individuals that have influenced us through music, movies and pop culture. Using different colors and a style he calls controlled chaos, Rodan assures the image is spot on in a loose painting style.
WCG: How did you get to be where you are now as an artist?
Ross: I learned much of my knowledge at Memphis College of Art and for many years I used soft lead graphite drawing pencils. Taking several years off from doing any art, I started painting in 2015 using acrylic. Over the past 2 years I’ve experimented with different brush strokes and custom making all the colors I use. I’ve been lucky and blessed through social media that people have started to notice my work.
WCG: What does being an artist mean to you?
Ross: Being an artist is expressing myself though my paintings. Finding those who share my view or appreciation of individuals that influence us through music, film or literature. I believe that we all are artist but in different ways, and one of the most powerful means of staying happy and balanced is using those artistic gifts.
WCG: What is your ultimate goal when it comes to your work?
Ross: My ultimate goal with my is to constantly evolve and stretch my work. Each year, I focus on a different subject matter, different approach to my backgrounds, compositions and playing with different colors. Hopefully, I am reaching and expanding my fan base.
WCG: What two art-related achievements are you the proudest of?
Ross: I’m most proud of being featured in a Memphis magazine and being the only artist to be feature in several restaurants in Memphis and Nashville.
WCG: What advice would you give to an artist just starting out?
Ross: Keep painting and keep pushing. That's been my theme for the past two years. Look for new ways to apply your paint, or whatever your medium may be. Look to other artists for ideas and motivation. If you want to make a living with your art, be patient. This game takes time, but if you're consistent then people will begin to recognize your work. Eventually, you will build a fanbase and achieve a following.
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I can be found on:
Facebook: Rodan Ross
SGB Featured Work (May - June 2018)
Fisher - Acrylic
Suban - Acrylic
Forsberg - Acrylic