Inspired by nature and its beauty, Thelma Blake pays homage to her environmental muses with her art. Her biggest influences were Georgia O’Keeffe, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí. As a young girl, she always enjoyed the arts, but never had a real chance to study it. When the chance came, she had a high school transcript of art, which made her more dedicated to teaching art as a proper discipline because she wanted people to understand and know that art is something that we live with our entire life and that there are designs all around us. Having moved around and studied art in different locations, she has been subjected to various ideas. She likes to share her teaching not only with her students but the public. This has been her lifelong dream and feels she has been blessed to have this opportunity in her life.
In her academic pursuits, Ms. Blake first earned an AA from Central Florida Community College in 1981 before receiving a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas Permian Basin in 1985. She later received an MEd from Tusculum College in 1997, affording her the chance to share art with even more people in her community. She has been a professional artist since 1975 and taught as an art teacher with the Washington County School Board from 1989 to 2011. Furthermore, Ms. Blake has been a gallery representative of the Corner Gallery. Throughout her career, she has maintained professional affiliation with a variety of organizations. These institutions include the Art Depots Association, the William King Regional Art Center Association, the Virginia Museum of Art, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Pleasantview United Methodist Church, the Washington County Historical Society and Black’s Fort Daughters of the American Revolution.
Group Show, University of Rhode Island Show (1987); Group Show, National Tour, Women Artists of the World (1987); Group Show, 150 Works by Texas Women Artists Show (1986); Group Show, Catherine Lorillard Wolfe 90th Anniversary Exhibition (1986); Group Show, Louisiana Society Arts Show, Baton Rouge, LA (1985); Group Show, Artists Colony Show, Homassassa, FL (1982); Several Other Group Shows