Artist Statement

Picasso once remarked that “There is no abstract art, you always have to begin with something. Taking his words to heart, these paintings begin and end with the landscape. Starting with some marks in paint or oil stick a horizon line appears, the meander of a stream takes shape and the color of a mountain ridge at sunset emerges. Subsequent layers edit, refine and hone the image. The physical act of pushing the paint around and acknowledging the formal demands of a composition are key ingredients of the constant refinement.

While maintaining elements of landscape, they push further into recording memories of experiences. We live in an age of Instant images and endless sharing of two-dimensional pictures. We scroll, we tweet, we blog. Painting is an act of rebellion against this; guerrilla warfare in an electronic age. These are the stories I want to tell my children, a record of a life spent in awe of the physical world.


Karen Blair. Stream Sunrise, 2014.
Oil on panel, 20 x 20 inches

Karen Blair. Field Morning, 2014.
Oil on panel, 20 x 20 inches

Karen Blair. Mountain Sunset, 2014.
Oil on panel, 20 x 20 inches

Karen Blair. Poppies, 2012.
Oil on canvas, 48 X 36 inches

Karen Blair. Poppies with Garden Hose, 2012.
Oil on canvas, 48 X 36 inches

Karen Blair. Appalachian Trail Waterfall, 2012.
Oil on canvas, 48 X 36 inches

Karen Blair. Poppies in the Breeze, 2012.
Oil on canvas, 36 X 36 inches

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