Fenner Ball was born in Los Angeles in 1968, relocating to the east coast in his first year. Throughout his life, he has been engaged in visual arts of one kind or another - from drawing to design to photography - but when he discovered oil painting, he realized he had found his preferred medium. To describe his artwork, Fenner says he paints what he loves, and what he loves to have hanging around. That other people want his paintings hanging around, too - that makes it even better. He characterizes his paintings as having a representational style, a dose of impressionism, with a slightly contemporary edge.
Fenner’s father was the late Don Ball, Jr., a renowned railroad photographer and author of numerous best-selling books on trains. Throughout his childhood, Fenner was immersed in railroads and art of all kinds. These days, his love of trains persists, and he enjoys painting and photographing current railroads throughout the US. In addition, much of his railroad subject matter is selected from his dad's extensive work.
His birth in the west and subsequent relocation to the east set the stage for a continuing east/west crisis of geography. In particular, He loves both the Southwest and New England - especially for the richness they offer him as an oil painter. Much of his time is spent devising a way to eliminate the Midwest, thus making the traveling distance between the two regions that much shorter. (No success with that as of yet.) In the meantime, you'll likely find him east, west, or somewhere in the Great Between.