The Pond - New Year's Eve
Pond - New Year's Eve by Ross Beard, Welland, Ontario. Painted in 1988,
at 188 East Main Street (LCBO Building), 34' by 10'. Ross Beard's second
mural shows the Welland Junction as it might have looked in winter of 1970.
The water tower, station and cement blocks in the lift bridges are gone
now, but for many, the memory remains.
sky with pensive shades of blue bathes the station in its final days, while
upturned earth in the foreground signals construction of the new Welland
Canal and the end of an era.
Pond is a nostalgic look at my youth during the construction of the
Welland Canal Bypass in the early seventies. A drainage pond was constructed
to redirect Lyon's Creek near the Welland Junction train station. Here
we played as children skating - warming up in the train station. [It's
a] very intimate intimate look at the massive work involved with construction
of the canal. Working on sidewalk level on Main Street, I found almost
like working on stage. I attempted to raise the detail so that a viewer
could be face to face with the scene."
Virtual Guide's Comments
most realistic depiction of a wintry eve in Welland. Evident here are the
changes happening in Welland because of the construction of the canal by-pass.
The scene is unencumbered by human content and, indeed, and the presence
of humanity in the landscape is only vaguely hinted at by the lights in
the house and the wisp of smoke from the chimney. Consider how different
the impression would have been had there been children skating on the pond.
Without people, there is nothing to disturb the tranquility of the landscape.
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