Ross is the driving force behind Easter Show win
ARTIST Ross Driver is celebrating after winning an art competition at the Royal Easter Show in Sydney.
Mr Driver, 62, had entries in the watercolour and drawing section, and won the first prize for his drawing.
"You're only allowed one entry per section, so you're up against the whole of Australia," he said.
Mr Driver said he won $2000 in prizes, as well as being presented with a medal and ribbon.
"Getting recognised was a big thing for me," he said.
Mr Driver said he was told his entry was picked because it told a story.
He said the genesis of the drawing was a scene he saw and photographed in Sydney years ago.
"There was this elderly man in a wheelchair and his foot had slipped out of the stirrup," he said.
He was trying to get his foot back in the stirrup, and this really well-to-do man came along and bent down and helped him."
Mr Driver said in the original photo the old man's face was not really visible, but he brought it out and emphasised it for the drawing.
"It shows how upset he was at being disabled," he said.
Mr Driver said the man had an Australian flag on his wheelchair.
"I thought he must be a Digger," he said.
Both the artworks he entered in the competition sold quickly after the exhibition was over.
Mr Driver is a former engineer at Millaquin Sugar Mill, but has now retired.
He said he had a lifelong interest in drawing, but he credits working at the sugar mill with bringing out his talent.
"I'm a boiler maker by trade," he said.
"At the sugar mill they knew I enjoyed drawing, so they taught me to be a draughtsman.
"I learnt a lot about pen and ink drawing from the instructor."
Mr Drive said he used his own photographs and took notes for reference for his drawings.
He does mainly pen and ink drawings, then does a water colour wash over the top.
He said he still did as many courses as he could.
He will also be taking a water colour workshop in Mt Perry in May which has already been booked out.
"I'm just passing on what I've learned from other people," he said.