Hannah Blackmore (b.1978) is originally from Jersey in the Channel Islands, U.K. and now lives in Hobart, Tasmania. Working as an artist from her studio in Salamanca Arts Centre, she enjoys painting the Tasmanian landscape and gains inspiration from the coast.
Creating landscapes of the natural world, her work allows her to continually explore new places and different painting techniques, inviting the viewer to see nature in different ways.
Hannah comes from a creative family and has made art all her life, going full-time in 2015. Working in acrylic primarily, her work has significantly evolved over the years since completing a fine art degree.
Hannah seeks inspiration from the environment around her, with the coast being a focal point. As a resident artist of Salamanca Arts Centre, Hannah’s studio is situated on the second floor. Hannah is also studying business and is passionate about helping artists succeed. She has created a membership site for artists, called This Business of Art.
A passion for travel and adventure resulted in moving to an island on the other side of the world. However, Jersey always holds a place in her heart. Growing up on a small island meant a close relationship with the sea, which comes through in Hannah's paintings.
Hannah welcomes visitors to her studio in the heart of Salamanca Arts Centre, feel free to get in touch and arrange a time.
You can also find her work in Off Centre Gallery in Salamanca Arts Centre.
You can see more of Hannah's work on Instagram @hannahblackmoreartist
Isolation, Virtual Exhibition, Online, May 2020
Song of the Sea, Sidespace Gallery, SAC, February 2020
Anatomy of Life with Renae Grundy, Studio Gallery, SAC, October 2019
Solitude, Studio Gallery, SAC, September - October 2019
Colours of Tasmania, Sidespace Gallery, SAC, March 2019
Lost in Tasmania, Studio Gallery, SAC, March 2018
Cockle Creek, Studio Gallery, SAC, April 2017
Animal Magic, Inka Gallery, SAC, October 2016
Tasmanian Landscapes, Studio Gallery, SAC, March 2016
Celebrating Tasmania, Inka Gallery, SAC, July 2015
Making Waves 3, The Harbour Gallery, Jersey, 2011
Making Waves 2, The Harbour Gallery, Jersey, 2008
Making Waves, The Jersey Pottery, Jersey, 2003
Plus numerous group exhibitions over the years.
Working as an artist is something I have always aspired to, however, I have had a few different jobs along the way. I love my work, and my mission is to inspire people to pursue their creative passions. I come from an artistic family, and my parents met at art college. I loved art at school and felt supported to explore my abilities. After leaving, I went to art college to study fine art. I have never stopped painting although I took a different direction to train as a nutritional therapist during my twenties. I am also interested in health and wellness and continue to read about this. However, the time came to put all my cards on the table, find myself a studio and set myself up as a full-time artist. It's been hard work, but I am loving every minute of it!
My latest body of work explores the perception of space in landscapes from different parts of the world. My paintings invite you to connect with colour and nature, and enjoy the effect they have on our well-being.
I have always been drawn to water, having grown up on an island, and I love exploring this through my work. I find water relaxing and enjoy experimenting with different painting techniques to portray it through my work. I want my paintings to have a calming effect on the viewer, and be peaceful to live with. Art can heal, and we find ourselves drawn to the pieces we need the most.
Using palette knives to create texture along with a technique known as scumbling, I can create clouds, skies, sandy shores and seas. I enjoy seeing the paint go on its own journey down the canvas and often stumble across areas of intrigue by trial and error, which often end up in the final piece. It has taken me twenty years to know when to stop painting, when to let go and not overwork a piece.
I am motivated by beauty, particularly in the natural world and landscape of Tasmania, and love creating joy within viewers through sharing this. The viewer must explore their own intimate connection with art and let themselves be drawn subconsciously to what they like and dislike.
My mother, Rosemary, is an established artist who has succeeded in a variety of different media – from watercolours to oils, textiles to sculpture, ceramics, murals and furniture painting – the list goes on! I loved growing up in a creative environment and used to take the odd sick day off school so that I could watch my mother paint.
I loved being in her studio. The smell of the watercolour paints, the smell of the pencils and the erasers and the smell of her coffee. The radio would always be on in the background, and sometimes she would sing. If I were quiet, she would let me sit and watch, and I remember being mesmerised by the effect of water with the paints, causing them to run and bleed into one another creating a beautiful effect.
My father, Robert, worked as a freelance film cameraman for many years, and his tales of travel and faraway places gave me, my brother and sister a serious case of wanderlust. My brother Henry went on to become a successful pilot and he, along with my sister Lucy, are both very well -travelled. My father is also a talented photographer. Now retired, he supports my mother with her ongoing creative pursuits, and they both take part in local events and markets.
My sister, Lucy, completed a degree in woodwork and ceramics, and now works as an education manager teaching art classes amongst other subjects in a prison. She is a highly creative person and continues to draw and paint when she has the time. My brother Henry is fairly busy flying planes these days, but has a good eye for photography and has taken some great aerial shots!
The beauty of nature provides the perfect starting point and inspiration for my work. From there I like to use my ‘artistic license’ and add my individual style to a painting. I am also passionate about animal conservation, and I'm an official fundraiser for the Save The Devil Appeal through my children's book 'A Devil Called Rodney.'
My studio (235) is in the heart of Salamanca Arts Centre in Hobart. I sell my work directly from my studio, from Off Centre Gallery in Salamanca, Huon Art in Cygnet, as well as online through my social media and website.