|This biography from the Archives of AskART:|
|A student of the Old Masters, which is reflected in her realistic
figure depictions, many of them done with colored pencil. Carrie
Ballantyne has a studio in Montana. In her art, Ballantyne's
focus continues to be real people: "My family,
friends, and neighbors, working people of the West. People never get
boring. Every face is unique with a different story to tell."(Buffalo
She started her art career in Cody, Wyoming where she arrived at the
age of 19 and decided that the western lifestyle was the one that
captured her imagination. With inspiration and encouragement from
local artists, and she refined and established her particular style as
a graphite portrait artist in the Western genre.
married to Jesse Ballantyne, a working cowboy, which, of course, gives
her easy access to the people who stimulate her creativity.
She has been a teacher at the Scottsdale Artists School in Arizona and
at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City,
Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale, Catalog 2003
|Biography from Whistle Pik Galleries:|
|Best known for her Western portraits, Carrie Ballantyne began drawing as a child - "anything that would hold still long enough".? ? In her late teens, Carrie traveled to Cody, Wyoming in order to work in the mountains and with horses. Big game outfitters provided both, where she worked as a camp cook for several years. The town of Cody introduced Carrie to the rodeo, and then to the local ranching community. It was then that the western culture took on a deeper meaning. "The 'West' became more than an image to me, there was a lifestyle here that I wanted." |
Carrie's professional career was born in 1981, upon entering the George Phippen Memorial Western Art Show, Prescott, Arizona, where she either sold or traded every piece. The following year, she came back and was awarded first place in the drawing category, with the cowgirl portrait Holdin' Her Own.
?For thirty years, Ballantyne has portrayed her family and friends, neighbors, ranch hands, buckaroos, all the people she has met along the way in the world that attracts her the most. "If I am going to work for weeks on end, painting a portrait, it's important to me that I respect the person I'm portraying".
Not one to romanticize the West, her desire is to show real people, sometimes isolated individuals, who love what they do and wouldn't choose any other way of life.
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