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A. Keith Brodkin Contemporary Western Artists Project

Women Artists of the West

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)

Dobson, Patricia

Combining history and art, Patricia Dobson's stunning paintings often elicit a close inspection. Enchanted by her trompe l'oeil style, viewers find themselves inadvertently reaching out to touch. Her interest in art and history goes back to her childhood in California, but it was a ninth grade teacher who instilled the lasting desire to communicate her feelings through art. Her interest in history came easily from growing up around Sacramento and visiting her aunt and uncle's farm in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. She took some art classes in high school and a few in college, however, the responsibilities of her medical career and family stalled her plans. In 1975, she ignored the warnings of friends and family and plunged into the world of the professional artist. In time, her diligence and hard work paid off as she works as a full-time artist in Arizona.
May 29, 2012 — 1 hour 3 minutes — audio — transcript
YouTube: 3-minute video clip

Goodacre, Glenna

After graduating from Colorado College and studying at the Art Students League in New York City, Glenna Goodacre became a successful artist focusing on painting portraits. However, it was after creating a six inch bronze of her daughter that her interest changed to sculpture. Goodacre is passionate about depicting expression through her sculptures, which is easily seen in her work. Her work can be found all over the United States, including the US Sacagawea Dollar, the Vietnam Women’s Memorial in Washington, D.C., and After the Ride, a bronze sculpture of Ronald Reagan that is at both the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.
July 26, 2006 — 1 hour 50 minutes — video
YouTube: 10-minute video clip

McGraw, Sherrie

Growing up in Oklahoma doing impressionistic landscape paintings, when Sherrie McGraw was twenty-three, she moved to New York to study at the Art Students League under the direction of David A. Leffel. She worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art as a night guard until she became a full-time painter in 1980. In 1992, she moved to Taos, New Mexico to further develop her skills as a fine artist.
June 9, 2004 — 56 minutes — audio
May 7, 2009 — 1 hour 36 minutes — video
YouTube: 10-minute video clip

Moyers, Terri Kelly

From the time she was a young child, Terri Kelly Moyers always wanted to be an artist, and allocated most of her time and energy into building a career in fine art. She is an advocate of plein air painting, along with her husband and fellow Prix de West artist, John Moyers. She believes that painting outdoors and interpreting the ever-changing atmosphere is the best way to develop her skills as an artist. In 2012, Terri Kelly Moyers became the second female artist to win the Prix de West Purchase Award, with her winning oil painting La Luz de Fe.
June 8, 2007 — 1 hour 2 minutes — audio
May 5, 2009 — 1 hour 22 minutes — video
YouTube: 10-minute video clip

Scott, Sandy

Sandy Scott studied fine art at the Kansas City Art Institute, in Missouri, and worked as a background animation artist for Calvin Motion Pictures. In the 1970s, she began creating etchings and printmaking, eventually shifting her creative focus to sculpting in the 1980s. The subjects of Scott’s sculptures are primarily representations of birds, wild animals, and domestic animals.
June 11, 2005 — 59 minutes — audio
June 9, 2012 — 2 hours — video

Smith, Shirley Thomson

As a child, Shirley Thomson Smith had dreams of becoming a fashion designer until she fell in love with sculpting during her time studying art at the University of Oklahoma. She moved to Durango, Colorado, where she met many Navajo women and was instantly inspired by their strength and unity. Her sculptures convey a deep sense of emotion and strength through their soft edges.
June 11, 2004 — 48 minutes — audio
March 6, 2008 — 1 hour 8 minutes — video

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