Sometimes described as pastoral, Jane Blair’s work is inspired by her immediate surroundings. Jane is fascinated by those fleeting moments when changes of light or movement of form transform the everyday to the remarkable. She likes drama…from the spectacle of a group of black Highland sheep silhouetted against a frosty winter field or the explosion of light and colour as a squall hits a beach on an island in the Outer Hebrides.
‘In my studio I’ll study the many images I’ve photographed and will often use several as material for the finished piece work, capturing the essence of place…the icy wind.. the smell of wet earth… wild seas…the stage posturing of an isolated beast in a field. Always avoiding the sentimental and trying to capture the dignity of these “living sculptures”.
I work mainly with oil on canvas without any preparatory drawings. I find laborious preliminaries can dilute any immediacy or instinctive actions, making work contrived and soulless.’
Jane Blair trained at Edinburgh College of Art from 1976-1980 and graduated with a Diploma in Art & Design in Theatre Costume and Fashion. She has exhibited at Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts and was Awarded the Andrew Grant Travel Scholarship in 1980