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C. Ballantyne - PARTNERS -  LIMITED EDITION PRINT Published by the Greenwich Workshop

by C. Ballantyne

Original Retail Price $150.00

Limited Edition of: 850
Image Size: 16 3/4"w x 12"h.
Published: February 1996

Limited quantities available

"These partners are Hannah, my daughter, and Smudge, on of our three barn cats. Smudge is very patient, which makes him an excellent mouser. As you can see, he is quite healthy because of his hunting prowess.

"Hannah is wearing her riding clothes from an early morning ride. She will often go out to the barn to watch her father work, breaking in a new colt or to play in the barn with the animals. I wanted to capture Hannah and Smudge in a rare moment of calm as they cooled off in the shade from the barn door."

C. Ballantyne
Many artists go in search of subjects and inspiration. Carrie L. Ballantyne has only to look around her. Her subjects are the men, women and children of the high plains, where she lives with her husband and children near a 14,000-acre cow and calf camp. Her portraits suit her subjects; deceptively simple and strong, but still delicate and elegant. It’s a far cry from her childhood near Los Angeles, but Ballantyne was merely following her muse. She sent a letter to the Dude Ranchers’ Association, having finished high school a year early and was soon serving kitchen duty at a guest ranch in Cody, Wyoming. There she met Jesse Ballantyne, the Canadian bronc rider she was to marry. For the next few years, however, she worked as an outfitter’s camp cook. But as she accompanied fishermen and hunters into the Absaroka Mountains, her sketchbook was never far away. As she became increasingly skilled in pencil, her work came to the attention of painter Ted Feely, who urged her to attend the George Phippen Western Art Show in Arizona. There she not only met the renowned James Bama, who she cites as her biggest influence, but sold most of her drawings, starting her career as a Western fine artist. “I choose to portray country people because they are the ones who live and work around me,” she says. “Tender moments that please me typically appear in my work. I am always striving to communicate all the emotions you can see in a face, posture and other body language.” Her awards include first place at the George Phippen Memorial Show and “Best in Show” at the Buffalo Bill Art Show.


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