Karen Blair, born in 1953, lives and works in Crozet, VA. Her work is an exploration of the natural world moving from the vistas of the Blue Ridge Mountains to flowers on the windowsill. Blair occupies a place between realism and abstraction, moving fluidly between the two as she captures the world around her.
Blair is represented in numerous galleries and her work is in collections including Philip Morris USA, Capital One, UVA Hospitals, MCV, Markel Corporation, Levine Cancer Institute in Charlotte, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and Dominion Resources.
Work includes large (up to 77 inches square) paintings, smaller paintings and paintings and collages on oil paper. Using various media and surfaces along with collaged paper keep the exploration of familiar places fresh and interesting and one practice informs another.
There is a contemporary take on all of the work with careful editing to distill each image down to a capturing of a place rather than a literal depiction. Blair believes in trusting the viewer to fill in the blanks and bring their own experiences to the work.
“Blair is constantly observing the world, employing not just her eyes, but all her senses. When out in nature, she notes wind, temperature, moisture, birdsong, smells, etc., incorporating all these aspects into her impression of a place. Her aim is to produce a fully fleshed-out representation of her subject, and capture its essence in a more powerful way than an exact replication ever could.”~ Virginia Living, Practice Makes Perfect