Artist Statement

I paint Faces & Places, Ideas & Icons.  The faces and places are colored by the experiences of being in 23 countries and living in several of them.  The ideas and icons are sometimes political, sometimes straight forward, and perhaps sprinkled with irony.  I like strong graphics but have lately been doing more abstracts.



Born in Chicago, raised in Central Illinois and schooled in Southern Illinois, I had a life in Advertising, Sales and Design.  I studied Design under R. Buckminister Fuller in college and have always loved Design in its many forms.  Before becoming a painter I was a ski bum, a mortgage broker and an avid international traveler (with my wife).


I have lived an active and varied life in a lot of places.  And, my art shows it.


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Abstract Painting Commissions


I’ll paint an abstract for you:  You pick the paint colors.  Show me where it is to hang.  And, we’ll agree upon an appropriate size and price.  I will paint the painting.  If you like it, great.  If you don’t, I will keep it and charge you nothing.


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Kelso Ballantyne

2007 100 Year Party Ct. #3, Longmont, Colorado 80504