Ross found his first pieces of jade in 1971. He was fortunate enough to live only 5 km from the Arahura River on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island, the traditional Maori home of jade, also known as greenstone or pounamu. Ross now resides in a small coastal settlement at the top of the South Island of New Zealand.
Ross has spent much of his time on the West Coast prospecting for jade and had much sucess in earlier years in the various jade fields, forming mining companies and also building retail shops. He has also taught about 18 other people to carve jade, most of whom still carve today.
One of Ross' largest commissions was to carve a replica of the Americas Cup in jade. Ross has produced many beautiful carvings over the years and continues to be passionate about carving jade.