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A. Keith Brodkin Contemporary Western Artists Project

Artists of Pen & Ink and Graphite

Ballantyne, Carrie Fogwell

Growing up in California, Carrie Ballantyne always dreamed of moving to Montana and jumped at the opportunity to work on a ranch there. While in Montana, Ballantyne met with artist James Bama, who gave her advice on taking her art from a hobby to a profession. While working on the ranch, Ballantyne met her husband, and was able to make Montana her home. Ballantyne's art focuses on the working people of the West, and primarily uses colored pencils as her medium.
October 18, 2001 — 46 minutes 25 seconds — audio
YouTube: 10-minute video clip (from demonstration)

Crowley, Don

While Don Crowley always had an interest in art, the idea to make a career as an artist did not occur to him until later in life, after serving in the U.S. Merchant Marines and then the Navy, when a friend recommended he take courses at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, California. After spending 20 years in New York City as a commercial artist, Crowley took the advice of James Bama and Sam Winsom to move west, and relocated to Tucson, Arizona. Crowley’s lifelong interest in western culture is evident in his paintings, especially in his detailed oil paintings of Native Americans, a focus of Crowley's. Crowley is also a part of the Tucson 7 and an active member of the Cowboy Artists of America.
November 11, 2004 — 1 hour 49 minutes — video

Hulings, Clark


Clark Hulings studied art in his youth, even enrolling in the Art Students League in New York City, but science interested him too. He graduated from Haverford College in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, with a degree in Physics. His degree helped him understand the rules of perspective and the laws of light. After graduating he had a job prospect in New Mexico, and while waiting for a decision to be made he started painting landscape scenes. He rediscovered his passion for painting and, when the job fell through, he started an illustration career in 1951. In 1962 Hulings retired from illustration and worked on his own art full time. In 1973, Hulings won the Prix de West during a National Academy of Western Art Exhibition for his oil painting, Grand Canyon, Kaibab Trail.
July 25, 2006 — 2 hours 42 minutes — video

Jacob, Ned

Raised in New Jersey, Ned Jacob travelled to Montana after high school, where he studied the basics under artist Ace Powell. Jacob lived among the Blackfeet Native Americans and captured them and their culture in numerous paintings. He moved to Taos, New Mexico and further developed as an artist, studying under artists Bettina Steinke, A.D. Greer, and Robert Lougheed. Elected to the Cowboy Artists of America and the National Academy of Western Art, he left both groups because he did not support the idea of competing against his peers.
July 11, 2005 — 1 hour 35 minutes — video

Kinstler, Everett Raymond

Growing up in New York City, Everett Raymond Kinstler began his career drawing for various comic books at the age of sixteen. He went on to receive formal artistic instruction at the Art Students League in New York City. In his early artistic career, he made numerous illustrations for books and pulp magazines. Kinstler then became a portrait artist, completing numerous portraits of celebrities and politicians throughout his career. In addition to his portrait work, Kinstler has also painted landscapes and watercolor scenes.
April 23, 2008 — 2 hours 38 minutes — video
YouTube: 10-minute video clip

Spaulding, Don

From a young age, Don Spaulding was always fascinated with the history of the American West and creating art. Encouraged by his teachers to pursue an education in art, he studied at the Art Students League in New York City. Shortly thereafter, he became a freelance illustrator, painting covers for the Lone Ranger and other Dell comic books. In the 1970s, he began painting historical Western scenes and by 1980, he had become a full-time Western artist.
October 15, 2007 — 1 hour 56 minutes — video

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