The artist behind the murals in the old Kingston Coal Dock


The eye-catching mural on the cityscape of the former Kingston Coal Dock, located on Lake Ontario near the former Rockwood Asylum, is the work of Kingston artist and creative professional Aaron Forsyth.

A section of the murals along the waterfront at Kingston’s Old Coal Wharf, a site that will now become the city’s first deep-water wharf. Photo by Tommy Vallier.

Forsyth, also known as EronOne, specializes in custom murals and design work. He showed an interest in the arts and illustration from an early age, filling out sketch books, and then pursued training in animation, developing a solid base of technical drawing skills.

Then Forsyth changed course to the retail world and eventually co-founded a lifestyle boutique in 2005. Through this business he began to offer custom designs for clothing and home products. sold in the shop. As well as owning a small business, Forsyth took orders for custom canvas work. Many of these clients were interested in larger scale artwork, leading to residential, institutional and commercial art projects.

The Kingston Coal Dock mural – which becomes a temporary deep-water wharf, allowing Great Lakes cruise ships to stop in Kingston – was commissioned by the City of Kingston Tourism Department and Tourism Kingston. The theme behind the Dockside Mural is iconic Kingston imagery.

“It’s a very busy place and I enjoyed receiving all the positive comments I received from the public while painting there,” Forsyth said.

Forsyth explained the process of designing the dockside murals.

“To begin with, I sketch my raw ideas on paper, using photos I took and others as a reference. I had access to the city’s photo library, where I selected various images to represent the city, ”he said.

“I also included images of nature and some of the activities that I saw happening there on a daily basis, from kayaking to dog walking. I then take pictures of the blank wall and overlay my artwork on it to make it easy for the client to visualize my ideas.

The artist was given a color palette to match the overall theme of the dock. He then got the artwork approved and began the painting process using his preferred medium: spray paint.

“To make everything come together on the wall, I try to balance my use of colors, patterns and selected images to create my final piece,” Forsyth said.

Forsyth is also on the City of Kingston Teacher List and has hosted art workshops within the Limestone District School Board and the wider Kingston community. He has been an active member of the art community and has also participated in large-scale events, such as the Montreal Under Pressure live painting exhibition.

But for those who frequent the Kingston waterfront, it’s not just the old Coal Dock where you’ll see Forsyth’s work bringing art to the cityscape. In addition to his mural on display at Frontenac Cycle Sport on Barrie Street and Daft Brewing on Princess Street (as well as near the waterfront on the public art walls behind the Rideaucrest House), the commissioned work in blue -gray at the Coal Dock also continues the waterfront pedestrian walkway of the Delta Hotels by Marriott Kingston Waterfront, adjacent to Confederation Park and Basin.

Today, Forsyth works as a full time artist. For more information on murals and custom artwork, contact her EronOne website or find it on Instagram at @eronone.

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