“Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.” –Henri Cartier Bresson
My world of art is a combination of photography and drawing in colored pencil. I alternate between the two mediums. I shoot photographs every day, and some of those images make their way into my drawings. Other images stand alone or as a part of a photographic series. It is a continual thought process in designating which photos go no further and which should be combined and manipulated into drawing subject matter. The criterion for the two mediums is different. However, both processes revolve around a pleasing composition and finding something new and uncertain to put forth. My artwork is straight-forward and direct. It involves simple subjects in uncluttered and orderly compositions. The drawings and photos possess a sense of intimacy and quiet reserve in their naturalness, with also a bit of uncertainty. The scenes are ones that would, possibly, go un-noticed without my record. Daily life presents our imaginations with scenes that are interesting in their scope of possibilities. I create the quiet narratives that prompt questions and private imaginings.
Blair Jackson is a Northern Virginia native, and has lived throughout her life in the Washington DC area. She has art degrees from Florida State University and Parsons School of Design/Banks Street in NYC. She attended Parsons in Paris, Alexandria Art League, and numerous art workshops. She taught Graphic Design in Arlington, VA, and Colored Pencil Drawing at the Torpedo Factory. She and her husband operate an exhibit design and fabrication studio, Blair Inc, in Springfield, VA.
Blair Jackson is a founder & president of the Metropolitan Washington Colored Pencil Society of America (CPSA109). She is also a member of F11, a women’s photo collaborative, and the Alexandria Art League.
Blair exhibits, regularly, in both Colored Pencil Drawing and Digital Photography in DC/MD/VA. Her work has also been shown at exhibits around the country. Her drawings have been published in several “Best of Colored Pencil” books, “Colored Pencil Treasures,” and “Creative Inspirations.” She was a featured artist in Elan magazine.
Arts Club of Washington (2015)
National Institute of Health- Bethesda, MD
Martha Jefferson Outpatient Clinic- Charlottesville, VA
Hot Cakes- Charlottesville, VA
Friendship Heights Community Center- Bethesda, MD
Glamourama Salon- Washington, DC
GROUP PHOTO AND DRAWING EXHIBITIONS
Fairfax Co.Invitational, NVCC- Annandale, VA
Torpedo Factory- Alexandria, VA
CPSA Exhibitions- San Diego, Dallas, Albuquerque, Brea, & Stuart, FL
Children’s National Medical Center- Washington, DC
Strathmore Museum- Bethesda, MD
Chestertown Art League Gallery- MD
Glenview Mansion- Rockville- MD
Phoenix University- Reston, VA
Schlesinger Gallery NVCC- Alexandria, VA
Cox Communication Headquarters- Herndon, VA
Delaplaine Art Center- Frederick, MD
Gallery Underground- Arlington, VA
Willow Gallery- Annapolis, MD
Sandy Spring Museum –Sandy Spring, MD
Marymount University, Barry Gallery –Arlington, VA