"Living in Santa Fe has also given me the opportunity to seek out and learn from a number of exceptional artists, most notably Irby Brown, George Carlson, Michael Lynch, Ned Jacob and Mark Daily. Although each is
"The meditative approach to life and art, the seeking for an under- lying rhythm and unity in the subject, a distillation of its essen-tial qualities and emotional tone are all aspects of the work I find increasingly important."
Ballew studied art at Indiana University then worked a diverse series of jobs before coming to live in the Santa Fe. He found the dramatic terrain and the brilliant light of New Mexico very different from the Eastern United States. He says of the area, "The extraordinary luminosity of color, together with the variety and beauty of the landscape, inspired me to study painting seriously."
David Ballew is a landscape painter who has been a resident of Santa Fe, New Mexico since 1981. Born in Hartford, Connecticut in 1955, he grew up in the East and Midwest.
An abiding interest in Chinese and Japanese art, poetry, and philosophy continue to influence Ballew's painting on all levels.
an accomplished painter, they consider themselves to be students as well, still learn-ing and exploring. Each of them combines a technical mastery of all aspects of painting.
"I hope to have a few decades left to con-tinue to refine my under-standing and appre-ciation of the creative process."