Teal Blake

Teal Blake

Growing up in his father’s studio looking at C.M. Russell paintings and reading Will James' books inspired Blake Teal to pick up a pencil and start capturing his own visions of cowboys and the American West.

Teal has been painting professionally since 2005. He has always liked to show what makes the traditional West: cowboys who are not always clean shaven, shirts that are not always creased, and horses’ manes that are not always long.

Teal’s love for the tradition of ranching and cowboying is unparalleled. His portrayal of ranch life and the handful of people keeping it alive is authentic. He uses no models or costumes—he has simply been fortunate enough to work and ride alongside his friends and muses. He is able to capture his material and inspiration firsthand.

In 2014, Teal’s labor, talent, and accomplishments earned him an invitation into the Cowboy Artists of America. He has also been honored with several awards, including the Joe Beeler CAA Foundation Award and First Place Watercolor at the Phippen Museum. He has been featured in such magazines as 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 that celebrates the memoirs of Teddy “Blue” Abbott. Teal’s work appeared on the cover of Big Bend Saddlery in 2012 and 2013. His painting Morning Gather was used for the cover of Some Horses by Thomas McGuane.

Teal and his son Luca currently reside in Fort Worth, Texas.