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Painter David Ballew was born in Hartford, Connecticut in 1955. He was raised in the East and the Midwest and studied art at Indiana University. Attracted by the striking landscape and the radiant light for which New Mexico is renowned, he settled in Santa Fe in 1981. In addition to being surrounded by the terrain he finds most inspiring, living in Santa Fe has enabled Ballew to interact and learn with numerous artist he greatly admires, most notably Irby Brown, Michael Lynch, George Carlson, Ned Jacob and Mark Daily. Japanese and Chinese art, music and philosophy have greatly influenced Ballew's art work on a number of levels. For many years Ballew has studied a range of spiritual traditions and has practiced meditation and contemplation. He has applied these disciplines to his approach to painting, an approach which includes humility, study and great focus. Dedicated to his work, Ballew paints six days a week, on his smaller canvases, he works plein air. Ballew is committed to his role of the perpetual student and keeps and attitude of openness to learning and change. He explains, "I could spend the next 40 years at it and not achieve anywhere near what I see is possible. A Sufi teacher once said that the purpose of life is like the horizon: when you reach the point you've been aiming for, a whole new vista opens up." Reference: askart.com

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