About Artist

Bill Ross is a forester and plant biologist turned illustrator and painter who is fascinated with the old-growth forests of The Pacific Northwest. His forest landscapes and floral paintings feature botanical detail and vivid color.

“I feel exceptionally lucky to have witnessed the splendor of the old-growth forests of The Pacific Northwest.Artist's Portrait The most impressive of these stands could very well be on their way out. The Douglas-fir tree shown on this page is more than 13.5 feet in diameter at breast height, and it stands over 280 feet high, even with its top broken out. It probably grew more than 500 years in order to achieve that size. Luckily it grows near the southwest base of Mount St. Helens rather than a few miles to the northeast, or it too would have become another of many blast-seared and defoliated snags among a tangle of blown down timber on May 18, 1980. That is the date when the top 1,300 feet of St. Helens blew upward, turned to the east, and took flight for Montana and points beyond. Who knows how long such remarkable treasures will survive future geologic or climatic changes? And beneath these remarkable overstory trees lies diverse varieties of smaller plants and animals. My inspiration is simple; I think all this forest stuff is cool, so I paint it.”

Bill also enjoys showing and telling how our organic world accumulates its substance and energy, beginning with photosynthesis and ending with fossil fuels. Sample illustrations appear in galleries from one published book on photosynthesis for young adults and an adult book on the nature of organic energy planned for publication on the web in 2016


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