Watercolorist and teacher who exhibited with the West Australian Society of Arts for a number of years. She was born in Ararat, Victoria, the third daughter in the family with a younger brother. She came with her family to Western Australia early in the century. She is listed as a teacher of painting in Wise’s Western Australian Post Office Directories 1903, 1905, 1910. Her address was 235 James Street, Perth in 1903. In 1910 it was 284 Newcastle Street. She studied art at Perth Technical School under J. W. Linton and David Ross from 1906 to 1915. She was a close friend of Flora Le Cornu (Landells) who attended many of the same early classes.

By 1914 Ballment was living at 210 Lincoln Street, Highgate and by 1922 she was still an art teacher. Her work exhibited in 1912 was described in the following terms: “Miss Ballment shows that she has made great advancement in the work she has submitted.” In 1920 she exhibited watercolours of Spring and Spring Blossoms in the West Australian Society of Arts exhibition in St George’s Hall. In 1922 she exhibited a watercolour of St George’s Cathedral. The family moved to Sydney about 1925 where her brother became a graphic artist. She is listed in Wise’s Western Australian Post Office Directory of 1924 as a teacher of drawing in Albany.

Dr Dorothy Erickson
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