SFW&C Fiesta Featured Artist 1999
Ted Rose (1940–2002) specialized in watercolors, in particular, watercolors centering around 20th-century American railroad art. (In 1999, the U.S. Postal Service selected him to paint five locomotives for the “All Aboard” stamp series, and Amtrak picked him as the artist for its 1997, 1998, and 1999 calendars.)
Although he painted plenty in his younger years and majored in art in college, financial necessity more or less forced him to give up painting until 1983. That year, he started painting again, and from then on produced over 1,000 works over the next 20 years, most of which centered on realistic depictions of trains and the railroad.