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Harlow Ballard is 68 years old and lives in Columbus, Ohio. He describes himself as a late "bloomer", having gone to college late in life to get both a BA and an MBA degree. When he retired from business, he began to devote himself to digital art. He is untrained as an artist and never took art or drawing classes, or if he did he forgot what he learned.. He first worked in Microsoft Paint with a mouse and now works in Corel Painter with a Wacom tablet. His art is flat, almost without perspective. He likes storefronts and signs and down-home themes, people going about their ordinary life. The art is folksy, primitive, outsider, not unlike Grandma Moses, who also started out to paint late in life. There is no pretention here or sophistication or striving for effect, only direct feeling. The artist is always himself without apology or defensiveness.