Teal Blake was born in 1978 and grew up in Montana on the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains surrounded by ranching country. Growing up, he spent time in his father’s studio looking at C.M. Russell paintings and reading Will James books, which inspired him to pick up a pencil and capture his own visions of cowboys and the American West.
Predestined to become a Western artist, Teal has painted professionally since 2005. He 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.
Teal’s love for the tradition of ranching and cowboying is unparalleled. He is up before dawn gathering the cavvy, camping out on the wagon for weeks on end, and playing cards with the crew during a rainstorm. His portrayal of ranch life and the handful of people keeping it alive is an authentic one. No models, no costumes, simply being fortunate 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 renowned Cowboy Artists of America organization. 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 an art show, We Pointed Them North, held in Fort Worth, which celebrated the memoirs of Teddy “Blue” Abbott. Teal’s work appeared on the cover of Big Bend Saddlery catalog in 2012 and 2013. His painting Morning Gather was used for the cover of Some Horses by Thomas McGuane.