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ROSS LAURIE

THE PATH TO BECOMING A PAINTER OF LANDSCAPES has not been a straight one for Ross Laurie. Introduced to the Old Masters of European art by a fondly remembered art teacher and later inspired by modern American painting, he was not initially driven to capture the lie of the land around Walcha, his home town on the New England tablelands of New South Wales.

It may even be that the 18-year-old Laurie, leaving the town in 1979 to enrol at the Sydney College of the Arts, wanted to escape the place altogether, the better to immerse himself in the alternative reality of art. His hankering to stand before the monuments of art history and the desire to make his own mark led him in time to the other side of the world.

“I ended up going to about five art schools,” Laurie recalls, adding drily, “mostly because after a year they pleaded with

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