Clara Dodd Blalock


Oil on Canvas (5-works)

Clara Dodd Blalock

Clara Dodd Blalock

Clara Dodd Blalock Biography

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 large brushes and get my whole self into the painting.  I am in constant motion as I work all over the surface to create a unified whole.  I tend to work in themes and generally do many paintings in a series before moving on to another subject.  I like to work on a concept until there is nothing further that can be done, by me, with those shapes and ideas.  When I am working on a painting, I do not 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 more of myself into the piece, to let the brush be an extension of who I am, what I'm feeling at the time and to say what I want to say with paint and marks.  Most of all I want my voice to come through in the finished piece.  ? ?Oil is the medium I prefer, on canvas and prepared paper.  I have a strong drawing background and use that in my painting.  Graphite, willow charcoal and oil stick become a part of the surface as it builds.  The lines and shapes become the story or history of the painting.  I am always open to surprises as they happen along the way.  ? ?I am a member of Plein Air Painters of Georgia and paint out as often as I can.  I think the experience outside keeps me fresh inside the studio.  ? ?I am a spiritual person and feel a connection with a higher power in what I do.  I think my talent is a gift and I feel an obligation to use that gift.  This journey is far from over for me.  I am excited each time I lift a brush and dip it into paint.  I do not know where the experience will take me but I am anxious to grow and explore the possibilities.

Clara Dodd Blalock Resumé


2010  *Monarch Plaza, Atlanta, Georgia, October 26 – December 31.                                             2010  “Graceful Motion,” Sunrise Bank, Atlanta, Georgia, Invitational                                               2009  MOCA GA, Tula Studio Artists, Annette Cone-Skelton, Curator, Invitational                          2006  Anderson Arts Center  31st Annual Juried Show                                                                    2005  “A National View at Grandview”  Atlanta Artists Center, Bruce Bobick, Curator                      2004   “From Bennett Street to Green Street, Quinlan Art Center, Gainesville, Georgia, Invitational     2004   Southeastern Juried Exhibition, Mobile Alabama, Sean Ulmer, Curator                               2003   Atlanta Artists Center, Regional Juried Show, Allen Teigreen Curator                                 2003   ING Corporation Atlanta Bench Project  Invitational                                                               2003   “Art With a Southern Drawl” University of Mobile, Mobile, Alabama                                   2002  *Rutledge Street Gallery, Camden South Carolina; November/December                             2002  *Paddiwhack, High Springs, Florida, Opening, October                                                       2001   Jules Place, Boston; three person show, September; Invitational                                         2000   2000 Southeastern Invitational Exhibition                                                                              1998   South Cobb Arts Alliance 11th National Juried Art Exhibition                                                1998   “Art With a Southern Drawl” University of Mobile, Mobile, Alabama                                      1997   “Trees” Exhibit, Quinlan Art Center, Gainesville, Ga. Invitational                                           1997   “Norman Wagner and His Students, 34 Years” Chattahoochee Valley Art Museum,                Lagrange, Ga.; Invitational                                                                                                               1997   *Atlanta College of Art, Gallery 100, June 3 - 29.                                                                   1996   Georgia Arts “96                                                                                                                   1996   Decatur Arts Alliance Annual Juried Show


2009  Honorable Mention, Atlanta Artists Center National Juried Show, Annette Cone-Skelton,   


2006  Merit Award, Atlanta Artists Center National Juried Show, Holly Koons McCullough, Juror

2004  Award of Merit, South Cobb Arts Alliance 17th National Juried Exhibition, Gregor Turk, Juror

2000   Mabel House Award of Distinction (Best in Show), South Cobb Arts Alliance 13th

               National Juried Exhibition, Mabelton, Georgia; Keith Rasmussen, Curator                                                                                                                                                                                                  

1999   Honorable Mention, Artforms, Atlanta, Ga.; Gordon Anderson, Alan Teigreen, Polly

               Neal, Curator

1999   Juror’s Choice Award, “Rock, Paper, Scissors; Artworks 2000”; Morris Brown College,   

              Atlanta, Georgia; Kevin Cole Curator

1998   First Prize, “Man, Earth & Sky” Exhibit, Quinlan Art Center, Gainesville, Georgia;

              Gregor Turk, Curator

1998   “Best in Show”, Atlanta Artists Center 26th Annual Traveling Show; Christopher

               Hickey, Curator

1998   Purchase Award, Anderson County Art Center 23rd Annual Juried Show, Anderson,

               S.C.; Victoria Boone, Curator

1996   First Prize and Honorable Mention; Artists Atelier of Atlanta, Juried Show, Ben Smith


1995   Merit Award; Artists Atelier of Atlanta, Annual Juried Show; Dale Rayburn, Curator

1994   Merit Award; Artists Atelier of Atlanta, Annual Juried Show; Bruce Bobbick, Curator

1994   Third Prize; Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, Augusta, Ga. 12th Juried Competition

               and Exhibition; Charles Thomas Butler, Curator

1993   First Prize; Oil and Acrylic, South Cobb Arts Alliance 6th National Juried Art Exhibition,

               Mableton, Georgia; Joseph Perrin, Curator                     

1991   Two Dimensional Award of Excellence; Quinlan Gala, Gainesville, Ga.; Lamar Dodd,


1964   Best Printmaker Award, Atlanta College Of Art



1964   BFA Painting (minor Printmaking), Atlanta College of Art

1961   Associate Degree, Stratford College; Danville, Virginia



American Cancer Society, Atlanta, GA

North Dekalb Medical Center, Decatur, GA

America’s Capital Partners, Piedmont Center

Progress  Energy Corporate Headquarters;  Raleigh, North Carolina

Mayo Clinic; Jacksonville, Florida

Post Properties; Atlanta, Georgia  and Washington, DC

North Georgia Cancer Center

PGA tour TCP at Riverbend

Baptist South Hospital, Jacksonville, Florida

Suntrust Bank, Atlanta, Georgia

Rubicon Building, Gainesville, GA



“Trading Spaces” 100 Grand Edition

“Extreme Home Makeover”



2010   Atlanta Artists Center, Small Works Show

2008   Atlanta Dogwood Festival

2007   Atlanta Artists Center New Members Show

2005   Metro Montage VI, Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art

2004   57th Annual Members Exhibit, Quinlan Visual Arts Center, Gainesville, Georgia

2003    “Home is Where  the Heart Is” Atlanta Artists Center benefit for Habitat for Humanity,  

Rabun Gap, Georgia

2003   “Arts on the River” Columbus Artists’ Guild, Columbus, Georgia

2002   “Home for the Holidays” Dawson  County Arts Council National Juried Show, Dawsonville,        


2002   Atlanta  Artists Center  New Members Show



Atlanta Artists Center (Member of Excellence) (President, 1996 & 1997, Board Chair, 1998 & 1999)

Plein Air Painters of Georgia

Fredrix Canvas  (Tara) Advisory Board 

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