Sueellen Ross brings a fresh approach to her art. She is known for both her strong design and her subtle humor. The lively images Ross creates are based on her own experiences; as a city person, she often approaches wildlife from the urban dweller’s point of view.
Ross attended the School of Visual Arts in New York and received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of California at Berkeley. As soon as she was old enough to hold a pencil, Ross drew her childhood passions — horses and cats.
Ross’ range of subjects has considerably expanded since childhood, though she still holds a special fondness for etchings of domestic cats. Cat lovers, who instantly recognize the realism of Ross’ cats, have a particular appreciation of them; she captures both their characteristic poses and their own endearing personalities. She draws her own cats and those of her friends and neighbors going about their daily business of being cats.
Ross’ works have been exhibited from Alaska to Florida. Her 1986 one-woman show at Seattle’s Frye Art Museum was very successful. In 1987, Ross was the only etching artist included in the prestigious Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum’s “Birds in Art” show. Ross modifies and simplifies her subjects, reducing them to their essential forms. She expresses these essential elements with an unmatched elegance.