Falls Church Arts

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John Ballou

I am now a near full time painter after a lifetime of varied production experiences, mostly as a George Mason High School art and design faculty member. I have taught and applied several generations of media technologies, establishing the first digital engineering design lab in our high school. I served as the technical director for every school theatrical for 36 years, built a photography program, established IB art in our school, mentored our FIRST robotics competition team, and taught computer graphic design for various creative engineering applications; in other words, a lifetime of what might be described as a multimedia technologist. I now am confronted by the technical rigors and conceptual challenges of working with some of the most basic and traditional materials, oil paint on canvas.Not that I haven’t used drawing and painting skills throughout this career. I just never had time to focus exclusively on painting, and now I want to develop this ability as much as I can in the last decades of my life. I have found that I have much to learn and plenty of need for growth. Nevertheless, I want everything I make to be polished and worthy of contemplative consideration. Noteworthy has been the enthusiastic support I have felt from the people who are involved with Falls Church Arts. This community has made my attempts to redefine my creative exploration have context and feel appreciated.

Artist's Works

John Ballou

oil on canvas 24 x 36

John Ballou

oil on canvas 36 x 48

John Ballou

oil on canvas 16 x 20

John Ballou

oil on canvas 18 x 24

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