Every successful realist painting tells a story. The story could just be about the wonderful textures and colors, or it could be a drama about predator and prey. In any case, you have to arrange the elements of a painting in a way that lets the story unfold logically. You have to lead the viewer’s eye through the complete story.
Ted Rose is a signature member of the American and National Watercolor Societies and several regional watercolor societies. The U.S. Postal Service commissioned him to create five watercolors of streamlined American passenger locomotives that were issued as postage stamps in 1999. His paintings have received consistent recognition in juried and invitational exhibitions, and they?re found in numerous public, private and corporate collections. His book, In the Traces: The Railroad Paintings of Ted Rose, was published in 2000 by Indiana University Press. Rose lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico.