John Balls training began
with childhood drawings at the kitchen table for his parents.
An early love of drawing was followed by grade school art classes
in England and Ohio. He then traveled to Florida where he earned
a bachelors degree in commercial art from Pensacola Christian
College. Upon graduating, he spent ten years producing art for
ABeka Publishing Inc. There, John was able to hone his talent
and work along side his teacher and mentor, nationally known
artist Brian Jekel.
While working as an illustrator
John continued to paint from life and received direction from
such nationally known artists as Daniel Gerhartz, and Ralph Oberg.
At the same time, his oil paintings began to be received in exhibitions
and galleries around the country.
Because of his training as an
illustrator, John is able to draw upon his ability to paint from
theory and reference in the studio. However, believing that nothing
is better than direct observation, he continuously works from
life. John regularly paints from the live model, still life in
the studio, and the landscape on location. In this way he sharpens
his skills through practice and exploration.
Sharing his love and knowledge
of painting has also become a part of Johns life and he
regularly gives a portion of his time to teaching private and
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