John Balloue

Cultural Background: Western Band of Oklahoma Cherokee 

After returning home from Vietnam, John began taking art courses from the local Junior College.  Forty years later it has become a business and way of life. 

Having a Cherokee father and an English/Irish mother and not being raised on a reservation, art is John's way of understanding, keeping alive, and honouring his Native Ancestors.  After painting in a realistic style for over 30 years, John began experimenting with colour and texture in 2003 to create a more contemporary look and feel.  Now, much of John's work is more innovative and experimental in nature.  Colour is the primary means in which the change has occurred.  Colour is said to be a barometer of emotion and the strong use of colour is reflective of a passionate approach to painting (plus it looks cool!)