"Preferring to paint what is old, Wellington Ward comments, ""To me, the old contains much more of the beauty of life than the shiny and new."" Since his boyhood years around the seaport of Norfolk, Va., Ward has been fascinated with old, highly individualistic and vanishing boats and paints them with meticulous detail and affection. On land, Ward is drawn to the countryside settings that reflect rural life and stir memories of the uncomplicated days of the past.
Working out of his studio in Ft. Myers, Florida, Ward enjoys traveling over the coastal areas and countryside sketching nostalgic scenes that form the basis for his realistic, extremely detailed acrylic paintings.
Of his work, he says that his desire is not to be type cast as a landscape painter or a seascape painter, but rather, to be thought of as a painter and a step beyond that, an artist. For, as St. Francis of Assisi once said, ""He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist."""