Born in Birmingham, her father was Dr J D Ballance. She studied at the Slade and in Paris. The family moved to St Ives just before WWI, and she was exhibiting at Show Days in St Ives by 1919. Her address in St Ives in 1925 was 1 Albany Terrace, from which she submitted two paintings, L'Epousee and Le soir to the Paris Salons.
She, like her brother Percy BALLANCE, worked from 1 Piazza Studios, and she continued to play a part in West Cornwall (St Ives) arts activities until well into the 1960s. Nevertheless, she also exhibited at NAG. J&G give sending-in addresses for her in Petersfield, Hampshire (1928) and Cheltenham (1929). Her close friend and companion was the artist Louisa Margaret LARKING. She was also a Justice of the Peace (JP).
Painter in watercolour, and engraver/woodcut artist, portraits (Paris)
works and access
Works include: The Stately Music (1923); The Bride; Vespers( decorative panels in the style of C15th 1923); A Lordlt Dish (litho); Breton Peasants (lino-print 1924); L'Epousee (1925); Le soir (1925)
St Ives Arts Club (became President)
Cornishman 7th Jul 1926, 8 Dec1926
St Ives Times 16 Apr 1920 [from WMN], 23 Mar 1923, 6 Apr 1923, 21 Mar 1924
Hardie (1995) 100 Years in Newlyn: Diary of a Gallery;
Hardie (2009) Artists in Newlyn and West Cornwall (pp140-1)
Johnson & Greutzner (1975) Dictionary of British Artists
Newton et al (2005) Painting at the Edge
Tovey (2003) Creating a Splash;
Tovey (2009) St Ives: Social History;
Tovey (2010) Sea Change, St Ives 1914-1930