Retired from a career in higher education, Bob Blackmon lives and paints in Troy, New York. He is primarily a still life artist, whose works are characterized by realism, rich colors on dark backgrounds, sharp contrasts of light and dark. He strives to find and reveal beauty in life’s ordinary things. His still lifes are in the Baroque style and are rather unique.
He has been painting since 1973, having studied under master artists Bob Tompkins (Madison, Mississippi) and Bill Zaner (Boerne, Texas). Blackmon’s still life style is influenced by the Baroque-style paintings of Tompkins, whose work is greatly influenced by that of the French artist, Jean-Baptiste-Simeon Chardin.
Prior to his retirement in 2005, Blackmon held academic administrative positions at the University of Arkansas, the State University of New York, and Louisiana State University (where he received his PhD many years ago). In 1975, while a research scientist with the USDA Forest Service, he was also a Scholar in Residence at the Pakistan Forest Institute in Peshawar, Pakistan. Since their retirement Bob and his wife, Mary Beth, have become serious students of Irish history and culture and have made several trips to the Republic of Ireland.
Bob Blackmon is a member of the Colonie Art League, the Albany Artists Group, Saratoga Arts, the DeSoto Arts Council (in Louisiana, the state of his birth) and is one of three founding directors of the East Bank Art Alliance. He and Mary Beth are Sustaining Members of the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts.
Blackmon is one of the artists in the Ardmore Gallery, in the Republic of Ireland.
Blackmon has exhibited his work at juried and non-juried shows at Louisiana State University, at Gonzales, Louisiana, in Leland, Mississippi and Schenectady, Albany, Saratoga Springs, Colonie, Averill Park, East Greenbush, Port Ewen, and Troy, New York. Venues have included the Sand Lake Center for the Arts, the Arts Center of the Capital Region, the Villagers Stockade Show, Art in the Garden, the Pruyn House, the Art de Cure Galleries, Colonie Art League shows, and solo shows at the Wine Bar on Lark, Albany, the Duck Pond Gallery, and at the East Greenbush Community Library.
When not painting, traveling to Ireland, and tending newly planted shrubs, Blackmon spends a fair amount of time as a civil rights activitist, something he has done intermittently since the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and 70s.
Blackmon's paintings are original oils on canvas. Paintings in private collections are, of course, no longer available; the others are for sale. All works are nicely framed or on gallery wrapped canvas, wired, and ready for hanging. To reach the artist, use the Contact page.
The artist reserves the right to reproduce his works and to market museum-quality prints. Reproductions of Blackmon’s paintings are made by Visual Winds Studio of Schenectady, New York. These are available as signed and numbered limited edition, museum-quality giclée prints.
Disclaimer about photo quality: The very high quality images of paintings on this site were shot by professionals at Visual Winds Studio. Other photos of lesser quality were shot by the painter, and many will, in time, be replaced with professional photography.
Bob Blackmon does a limited amount of teaching in the private lesson environment. Students spend several hours per day painting for a few mostly consecutive days studying and painting with the artist. At the end of the session the student completes a painting. Lessons are for adults only. No painting experience is necessary. See Gallery 6 for images of student paintings. To learn more about these private lessons, contact the artist at email@example.com or 518.326.3212.
The Ireland Connection
The "Ireland Collection" (Gallery 3) is a separate gallery of paintings inspired by Irish subjects, such as landscapes, monuments, and pottery. Also, an Irish forest scene (photograph) is used for this site’s banner. And here is why: The forest shown is on the grounds of the Monastic community of Glendalough, one of the most peaceful and beautiful places on earth.
Blackmon currently has works on exhibit at the Ardmore Gallery and in the permanent collections of four Bed and Breakfasts in the Republic of Ireland: Bracken B & B, Laragh, near Glendalough, County Wicklow; Newtown Farm Country House, Grange, near Ardmore, County Waterford; Four Winds Lodge, Galway, County Galway; and Windermere House, Castlebar, County Mayo.
With sales from Ardmore Gallery in Ireland, and a sale directly to a collector in nearby Youghal, County Cork, Blackmon paintings are now in private collections in Lithuania, as well as the Republic of Ireland and throughout the United States.
This site is dedicated to the loving memory of the magnificent and wonderful Samuel Windermere Blackmon (1991-2006), an English Cocker, who assisted and inspired the artist by sleeping in the studio while many of these works were created. A watercolor portrait of Sam was done by Baton Rouge, Louisiana artist, Joe Lackie and appears in Gallery 1 of Joe’s website.
The Artist and Sam (2005)
The artist pays special tribute to his sister, Ima Jeane Blackmon Cash (1929-1995), who was a gifted painter, and to his mother, Myrtie Wiggins Blackmon (1907-1993), who, inspired by her daughter and perhaps her son, created one painting in her lifetime. Likewise, the artist’s dear aunt, Gracie Smith (1921-2011) created one painting.
Ima Jeane Blackmon Cash
Now have yourself a cup of Irish tea, or an Irish whiskey (always in moderation!!), scroll back to the top, click on the various galleries and other pages, and enjoy the “beauty of life’s ordinary things.”