W. D. Ball

Artist Walter Ball has been creating art since he was 5 years old, when he was very sick and his family thought art would help him develop the talents he’d inherited from his mother and pass the time. He started drawing and painting with her, then began exploring pastels, all on typing paper. In high school he studied art and began experimenting with other types of paint, except for oils. It was a great way to explore and learn to work with other artistic media, he says.

Today, his favorite medium is oil paints, which he uses to depict a variety of subjects. “I love to see the mountains,” he says. “They add so much to the landscape and put depth in it.”

He’s looking forward to trying his hand at winter scenes, which he enjoys looking at. When creating a piece, he works on it for a while, then sets it aside and later goes back to it. “I keep picking at it that way, adding extra touches and details when I see something that’s missing and needs to be added, or if I don’t like something, I take it out. To me a painting grows as you progress with it.”

In addition to his current affiliation with the Kitson Arts Alliance, he plans to rejoin the Hill Country Artists, with whom he has previously exhibited.

Walter is a retired custodian at Montrose High School, where he said he “loved being around the students.” He mainly worked around the art area, where “I was fascinated with the art.  I just did my work there and didn’t talk much about (my art.)” After showing some of his work to the art teacher and guidance counselor, he decided to take their advice and start selling his art, which he said “I absolutely needed to do.”

Until then, most of his paintings were gifts for friends or relatives, who gave him some good comments.

He currently paints in a room in his house that has a little space in it. He has no formal hours for visitors.

Artist Walter Ball has been creating art since he was 5 years old, when he was very sick and his family thought art would help him develop the talents he’d inherited from his mother and pass the time. He started drawing and painting with her, then began exploring pastels, all on typing paper. In high school he studied art and began experimenting with other types of paint, except for oils. It was a great way to explore and learn to work with other artistic media, he says.

Today, his favorite medium is oil paints, which he uses to depict a variety of subjects. “I love to see the mountains,” he says. “They add so much to the landscape and put depth in it.”

He’s looking forward to trying his hand at winter scenes, which he enjoys looking at. When creating a piece, he works on it for a while, then sets it aside and later goes back to it. “I keep picking at it that way, adding extra touches and details when I see something that’s missing and needs to be added, or if I don’t like something, I take it out. To me a painting grows as you progress with it.”

In addition to his current affiliation with the Kitson Arts Alliance, he plans to rejoin the Hill Country Artists, with whom he has previously exhibited.

Walter is a retired custodian at Montrose High School, where he said he “loved being around the students.” He mainly worked around the art area, where “I was fascinated with the art.  I just did my work there and didn’t talk much about (my art.)” After showing some of his work to the art teacher and guidance counselor, he decided to take their advice and start selling his art, which he said “I absolutely needed to do.”

Until then, most of his paintings were gifts for friends or relatives, who gave him some good comments.

He currently paints in a room in his house that has a little space in it. He has no formal hours for visitors.

BIO

Artist Walter Ball has been creating art since he was 5 years old, when he was very sick and his family thought art would help him develop the talents he’d inherited from his mother and pass the time. He started drawing and painting with her, then began exploring pastels, all on typing paper. In high school he studied art and began experimenting with other types of paint, except for oils. It was a great way to explore and learn to work with other artistic media, he says.

Today, his favorite medium is oil paints, which he uses to depict a variety of subjects. “I love to see the mountains,” he says. “They add so much to the landscape and put depth in it.”

He’s looking forward to trying his hand at winter scenes, which he enjoys looking at. When creating a piece, he works on it for a while, then sets it aside and later goes back to it. “I keep picking at it that way, adding extra touches and details when I see something that’s missing and needs to be added, or if I don’t like something, I take it out. To me a painting grows as you progress with it.”

In addition to his current affiliation with the Kitson Arts Alliance, he plans to rejoin the Hill Country Artists, with whom he has previously exhibited.

Walter is a retired custodian at Montrose High School, where he said he “loved being around the students.” He mainly worked around the art area, where “I was fascinated with the art.  I just did my work there and didn’t talk much about (my art.)” After showing some of his work to the art teacher and guidance counselor, he decided to take their advice and start selling his art, which he said “I absolutely needed to do.”

Until then, most of his paintings were gifts for friends or relatives, who gave him some good comments.

He currently paints in a room in his house that has a little space in it. He has no formal hours for visitors.