Ros Rouse

Ros is a Member of The Wildlife Art Society International (TWASI) and is represented by the McNeill Gallery of Contemporary Art

A selection of her works are available from the gallery, contact

Ros works mainly in pastels and oils, depicting the beauty of the natural world. Ros works from her own reference material – she likes to look the animal in the eye and watch it move to help her try to capture its essence in a painting. She specialises in animals from the Indian sub –continent, including the daydream distance stare of the langur monkey. She has a special affinity with tigers. Tigers for Ros are not only the most beautiful creatures in the world, but also a metaphor for the artistic process. Creativity for Ros is like being stalked by a tiger – the promise of glimpses of a beauty to move the soul, accompanied by an unstoppable urge to run forwards and a terrible fear of falling. Most of the time, it works out, the painting gets painted, and the artist is not devoured…

‘Time is the substance from which I am made. Time is a river which carries me along, but I am the river; it is a tiger that devours me, but I am the tiger; it is a fire that consumes me, but I am the fire.”

Jorge Luis Borges

“In what terms should we think of these beings, nonhuman yet possessing so very many human-like characteristics? How should we treat them? Surely we should treat them with the same consideration and kindness as we show to other humans; and as we recognize human rights, so too should we recognize the rights of the great apes? Yes.”

Jane Goodall

At the Waterhole