by Ross Beard, Welland, Ontario. Painted in 1989, at 1030 Niagara Street
North (Casa Del Toro Inn), 28' by 34'. The first mural on the Festival
of Arts Tour is, fittingly, by local artist Ross Beard. The scene dates
from the mid-1800s and portrays the J.G. Worth sailing vessel being pulled
through the old Welland Canal by a horse on the towpath.
scene is rustic and pensive in concept, describing the rural landscape
and how the canal is integrated into it. The towpath was used by horse
and mule to haul the 'canaler' through the waterway to Lakes Erie and Ontario.
The mural was done virtually free-hand, using some gridwork to keep scale
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painting manages to capture the serenity of the passage of a sailing vessel
at dusk. The melding of the sky in the mural with the actual sky above
tends to blur the line between artistic reproduction and the real world.
This draws us into the scene where we can become part of the peaceful landscape.
With neither helmsman on the boat, nor driver for the horse, we experience
the essence of the scene, undistracted by human activity. This picture
is one of utter tranquility.
the Artist: Ross Beard, Welland, Ontario
Beard is a well-known local landscape artist who attended Sheridan College
of Art. He has been painting professionally for more than 24 years. His
passion for painting and drawing goes back to his childhood. He concentrates
on creating panoramic scenes that draw the viewers into the paintings.
HIs work is refreshingly unique, blending earthy Welland landscapes with
his own ethereal symbolism. Ross often bases his paintings on a feeling,
triggered by a song or a memory. He will recall a scene or landscape that
reflects the feeling and paint it. He likes to use blue and dark hues to
"give an easy-on-the-eyes feeling."
is a talented and energetic artist whose brilliant use of colours and painstaking
attention to detail have earned him high honours every time he sets to