Born in London, the artist studied at the Chelsea School of Art in the early 1980s before continuing her studies at the Bath Academy of Art, Corsham. In 1983 on a Gane Trust Travel Scholarship for sculpture, she went to Carrara, Italy, and in 1986 she took up a student internship at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum & Gallery in Venice. Her work is concerned primarily with the interrelationship of two- and three-dimensional forms and their expression in art.
On returning to Britain, Ballard set up her studio in Scotland, remaining there for five years prior to moving to Penzance. 1991 marked the start of a long association with the London gallery England & Co. where her work was exhibited in a number of group and solo shows. Her work has also been seen at the Royal Academy Summer Show, Cadogan Contemporary, and a series of London Art Fairs. In Autumn of 2013 two of her canvases were selected by Liz Anderson, art editor of 'The Spectator', for inclusion in 'The Discerning Eye' at the Mall Galleries.
While her influences acknowledge respect for the Cornish modernist tradition of Naum GABO, Peter LANYON and John WELLS, Ballard's art practice continues to evolve in accordance with her own personal vision. In 2010 she exhibited at the Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, with a tribute exhibition to the work of John TUNNARD. Her first solo show in Cornwall opened in December 2013 at Truro's Lemon Street Gallery.