Joyce Ballantyne b.1918
Ballantyne was born in Norfolk, Nebraska, just after World War One. She attended the University of Omaha for two years, painting murals in her spare time for department stores and movie theatres before leaving to study commercial art. After studying at the Academy of Art in Chicago for two years, she joined Kling Studios, where she painted Rand McNally road maps and illustrated a dictionary for the Cameo Press.
Ballantyne then moved on to the Stevens/Gross studio, where she stayed for more than ten years. Influenced, as much of the studio was, by Haddon Sundblom, she became part of a group of artists who were extremely close, both professionally and personally, including Gil Elvgren, Earl Gross
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