Ralph Hobbs works in a variety of media with drawing as a central tenant of his art practice. For several decades, he has kept journals of his travels and interests, from Europe to the outback of Australia—never breaking them up. The journals provide a history and continuum for his ideas and themes that include landscape, and on a more detailed level, the flora and fauna in the tradition of the explorer naturalist.
Hobb's life-long interest in history manifests itself throughout his practice. He will often age and patina the surface of his paper for many years, to reflect the history of his travels, before executing the final work.
Hobbs is included in private collections around the world and is also included in the National Gallery of Australia. His other life as an art dealer, arts writer and educator, means that he is fully immersed in all things creative.