Robert Ballard was born in Morenci, Arizona and raised in the piney woods of East Texas near Tyler. He attended Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX where he received a Bachelor of Science degree with a double major in Math and Art and a minor in Chemistry, and a Master of Arts degree in Art.
Robert has continued his art education through extensive travel to visit galleries and museums worldwide.
In 1996, after a successful business career unrelated to art, Robert decided to relocate his world headquarters from the Midwest to Northern Virginia and to work full time as an artist.
Robert is engaged by his work and is pleased with his on-going development as an artist and continues to receive enthusiastic acclaim for his paintings.
Robert has participated in numerous juried shows throughout the mid-Atlantic region and his paintings have been commissioned and/or purchased by art collectors throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe.
Robert paints in acrylic and likes to leave in his work evidence of the process that it took to create it. His paintings are fresh and original yet he acknowledges that his work has been informed and influenced by the art of Willem DeKooning, Arshile Gorky, Philip Guston, Richard Diebenkorn, Georg Baselitz, Raoul Dufy, the Rev. R. A. Miller, and Brice Marden.