Eleanor Blair has been painting outdoors for over thirty years. She says, "I sit myself down in some beautiful place, paint what I see, and trust that it will be enough".
Eleanor works in oil, watercolor and soft pastel. Paintings range in size from under three inches to over ten feet. Her work combines visual accuracy with painterly brushwork and rich color. Florida landscape is her primary subject, and her portraits, still-life, interiors and architectural images demonstrate her fine draftsmanship and sense of light.
Blair earned a BFA from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City in 1969. She moved to Gainesville in 1971, and has been painting central Florida scenes since that time. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Daytona Beach, the Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland, the Matheson Historical Center in Gainesville, and in private and corporate collections throughout the world. She is a well known member of the Gainesville art community, and visitors to her downtown studio are always welcome.
Galleries: High Springs Gallery, High Springs FL / Ice House Gallery, McIntosh FL / Mary Woerner Gallery, Stuart FL / Paddiwhack Gallery, Gainesville FL / Fogle Fine Art, Jacksonville FL / Corse Gallery, Jacksonville FL
Collections: Archer Library / AvMed / Barnett Banks / Citicorp Savings / City of Coral Gables / Del Monte / Exactech / First Florida Bank / Flagler Savings & Loan / University of Florida / Florida International University / General Electric / Grand Cypress / Hav-a-Tampa Cigars / Holland & Knight / Lee Moffitt Cancer Center / North Carolina National Bank / Shands Hospital / Shell Oil / Sun Banks / University of Tampa / University Centre Hotel / Volusia County Agricultural Center / Wachovia Bank & Trust / City of Winter Park
Exhibits: "Florida on My Mind", SunTrust Bank, Gainesville FL / "A Painted History of Alachua County", Matheson Museum, Gainesville FL / "Evinston to Cross Creek", Thomas Center, Gainesville FL / "The Nature of Art in High Springs" Invitational Paintout & Exhibit, High Springs Gallery, High Springs FL / "Evinston Invitational" Paintout, Orange Lake to Evinston FL / "Landscapes", Rachel Thompson Gallery, St.Augustine FL
Associations: Plein Air Florida / Hogtown Plein Air Painters
Contact: Eleanor Blair