Ross comes from a family with strong naval connections, his artistic ability was inherited from his father, an amateur wildlife painter - a path Ross pursued until his early teens - when ships and the sea became his passion.
On leaving school, instead of attending an Art College, he joined the Royal Navy. This perhaps unorthodox step was designed to fulfill an ambition of becoming a professional marine artist. He spent much of his free time in the service drawing ships from life, at the various naval dockyards.
After seven years, he left to begin a technical illustration course at Art College. Here, his acquired ship knowledge was put to use, illustrating a large cutaway of HMS BELFAST, the WW2 cruiser moored in the Pool of London. This resulted in an opportunity to write and illustrate several books about famous ships.
For over 25 years, Ross worked for several London artists’ agents as a freelance illustrator of postage stamps and children’s books, covering a diverse range of subjects. In 2006, he was given the opportunity to produce ship cutaway illustrations for the Royal Navy newspaper, the Navy News, which led him back to ship painting in oils. Ross has since received some notable commissions such as painting the last official portrait of HMS ARK ROYAL and the first official painting of the new aircraft carrier HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH.