Teal Blake grew up in Montana, on the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains, surrounded by ranching country. Growing up in his father’s studio looking at C.M. Russell paintings and reading Will James books, it was hard not to pick up a pencil and start capturing his own visions of cowboys and the American West.
Teal has always liked to show what makes the traditional West: cowboys not always clean shaven, shirts not always creased, and horses’ manes not always long. Broncs tend to get the most attention, maybe because the bucking horse has always been one of the most recognized symbols of the West. Teal has been immersed in the West throughout his life, photographing as well as working along side his friends, and because of this, is allowed to paint what he knows.
In 2008 Teal received first place in watercolor, as well as “Best of Show” at the Phippen Western Art Show. In 2009 he again won first place in watercolor, and in 2010 he won the Joe Beeler Cowboy Artists of America foundation award.
Teal’s artwork has been featured in Quarter Horse News, Western Horseman, Southwest Art, the Cowboy Way and Western Art Collector.
Teal and his wife Joncee currently reside on their ranch outside of Weatherford, Texas.