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 inspired him 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 their horses’ manes not always long.
Teal has been honored with several awards, including the Joe Beeler CAA Foundation Award at the Phippen Museum, and has been featured in magazines Western Horseman, Western Art & Architecture, Southwest Art, Ranch & Reata and The Cowboy Way.
In 2011 Teal created “We Pointed Them North,” an art show held in Fort Worth, celebrating the memoirs of Teddy “Blue” Abbott. Teal’s work appeared on the cover of Big Bend Saddlery catalogue in 2012 and 2013. His painting “Morning Gather” will be used for the cover of “Some Horses” by Thomas McGuane.
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