Ross Whitlock
Plein air painter of New Zealand


Ross Whitlock was born and educated in Wanganui, studied at Auckland University, and  the Elam School of Fine Art, returning to Wanganui as Director of Art at the Collegiate School from 1981 to 1988.  He was awarded Master of Fine Arts, with first class honours from the Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design, 2003. Appointed HOD Art and Arts Coordinator at the Wellington Diocesan School for Girls (Nga Tawa) from 1993 to 2006.  Ross retired from teaching in 2006.  

Travelled extensively in both Australia and England, to study his art, after which he returned to New Zealand to teach and paint in Palmerston North.   He now lives in Nelson from where he exhibits frequently, participating in both solo and group exhibitions.  Receiving excellent reviews, and winning prizes and awards including -

  • the Popular Prize in the Wanganui Arts Awards, 
  • the Certificate of Merit at the Manawatu Art Expo and 
  • the Spring Exhibition Nelson Suter Arts Society in 2007
  • Has been highly commended in several Telecom Art Awards.

Double Award winner at the Plein Air Painters of Nelson 2012 Awards Exhibition, receiving -

  • the Marine Award,  as well as 
  • winning the Supreme Award.

His work is now in private collections in America, Canada, United Kingdom, and Ireland, as well as in Australia and New Zealand.
Ross travels  throughout New Zealand as well as overseas both painting and giving workshops/demonstrations in "Direct Painting" or "alla prima" techniques.