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Check Out Jonah Ballard’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jonah Ballard.

Hi Jonah, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I began painting about 11 years ago in my freshman year of high school. My parents had started a home decor business called The Painted Ladies and I soon started selling my work at farmers markets and trade shows in our booth. My mother taught me to paint in a more technical manner, painting witty signs and lettering, which allowed me to hone my skills and bring that accuracy into my own art. Fast forward to around 2019 and my art began reach a wider audience. My cactus, desert inspired work brought a larger audience to The Painted Ladies than we had ever experienced and our home decor craft changed face into a fine art business. I began offering prints and that’s when everything took off.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Something my parents always instilled in me was to see where I want to be and feel as though I’m there. To know the power of our imagination. And I think that is why our road to success has been so smooth. But one thing I will say is that it takes time. We are far from an overnight success story. I have been painting for 11 years and are now just starting to expand to other parts of the United States.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I hand paint desert inspired art using acrylics. I’m recognized for my Cactus Head pieces and Cactus Food art. Every new piece that I create is my favorite and the one I’m most proud of. Something that really sets us apart is our prints on wood. On top of paper Giclee prints and stickers, we also have prints of my original work available on real wood canvases.

What were you like growing up?
Growing up I always kept to my small group of friends. We were rowdy, trouble making and always had a lot of fun. I grew up in the White Mountains so keeping yourself occupied in a small town always lead to mischief. I hung out with a lot of the foreign exchange students as I always found them different and interesting to learn from. I always had an interest in painting and would spend a lot of extra time after school in the art room.

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