Ted was born on June 24, 1945 in Pennsylvania and from a young age had a passion for art. As he got older he went on to graduate from the Philadelphia College of Art in 1967 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration. A year after his graduation Ted enlisted in the United States Army in, where he was stationed in Germany and served until 1970.
After his time in the service Ted went on on to pursue and receive a Masters Fine Art Degree in painting from the Tyler School of Art in 1972.
Ted went on to have a long teaching career where he taught a variety of art history, drawing and painting courses at Ursinus College from 1973 to 2007.
His interest in railroading stems from his father who worked for many years for Baldwin Locomotive Works. Ted describes himself as a "industrial archeologist" who likes to make things from the past visible and relate them to the present
From having his work grace the cover of Time Magazine, to having his work reproduced on porcelain collectors plate Ted has had a long and successful career.
Part of the "Symphony of Steam" series issued in 1983-1984. This plate was produced by Christian Bell Porcelain in 1983 and features artwork based off of a Ted Xaras original painting of the same name. It prominently features Royal Hudson #2860 on her daily summer run between Howe Sound and Squamish British Columbia.
Was produced as part of series titled "American Steam" by Christian Bell Porcelain.
Plate one in a two plate set that celebrates the 100th anniversary of the completion of Canada's first transcontinental railway. The plate was produced by Christian Bell Porcelain and features artwork by Ted Xaras.