Georgia Stratford College, A.S. Atlanta College of Art, BFA
Clara Blalock is a Member of Excellence and past President of the Atlanta Artists Center. She is also a member of the Fredrix Canvas Advisory Board and Plein Air Painters of Georgia.
Art school experience in the mid 1960’s and the New York abstract expressionist painters of that era have had a great influence on my work over the years. I’ve carried that time of study into my painting today. Most of my work is abstract. I work on large canvas, use broad brushes and get my whole self into the painting. I’m in constant motion as I work all over the surface to create a unified whole. When working on a piece I don’t allow rules to get in the way. I know the basic principles, which gives me the freedom to paint without thinking too much. I’m able to put myself into the piece, to let the brush be an extension of who I am, what I’m feeling at the time and to get into a dialog with the canvas. Most of all I want my voice to come through in the finished piece.
I’m a spiritual person and feel a connection with a higher power in what I do. I think my talent is a gift and I have an obligation to use that gift. This journey is far from over for me, I’m excited each time I lift a brush and dip it into paint. I don’t know where the experience will take me but I’m anxious to grow and explore the possibilities.