Ted Blaylock, born in the foothills of the Ozarks and growing up near St. Louis, Missouri, has always had a passion for art. Early-on he devoted his leisure time to developing his talent to draw and paint. Basically self-taught, he launched a full-time career in 1965 and opened his own art studio and gallery in Collinsville, Illinois, in 1969. He moved to Arizona in 1972 to exhibit and further his art career there. In the early 1960s Blaylock had worked for the Wabash Railroad and as a boy walked the railroad tracks and yards to his cousins’ house, all the while absorbing scenes of the last days of steam and filling his memory with subjects to be painted later in his career. He is widely respected in the art world, his work enhancing collectors’ walls in many different states and abroad. He has been published world wide in limited edition prints, calendars, and greeting card lines; is currently distributed worldwide on a variety of products through The Bradford Exchange; is on permanent display in four Museums; and shown with The National Arts for the Parks program.