Jean K. Blackall

Following secondary school, Ms . Blackall attended H .B. Beal School of Special Art in London, Ontario, (School of Jack Chambers, Greg Curnoe, Murray Favro) where she studied sculpture, painting, drawing from the human figure and elements of design. Ms . Blackall pursued further training in life drawing, watercolor painting and portraiture from Capilano College , North Vancouver, B.C. She then transferred to Simon Fraser University and completed her Bachelor's Degree.

During 2000 and 2001, Ms . Blackall lived in Riyadh , Saudi Arabia where she taught watercolour work shops at Al Manahil Centre for Saudi women. In 2003 Ms. Blackall gave a one day workshop on “Colour and Relaxation” in Haileybury, ON. She has also given private lessons in watercolour painting.

In 2002 Ms. Blackall was juried into active member status with the Federation of Canadian Artists. In March 2008, she was juried into membership of the Alberta Society of Artists. Ms. Blackall has exhibited in Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia, Canada and in Saudi Arabia.

In 1999 and 2000 Ms. Blackall was juried into the annual traveling exhibition of the Northern Ontario Arts Association (NOAA).

Two of Ms . Blackall's large watercolour paintings were awarded the "Jury's Choice" award and "People 's Choice" at the 2001 Canadian Artist Exhibition in Riyadh , Saudi Arabia.

In 2002, she was juried to Active status in the Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA) . She is currently working toward signature status in the FCA.

In 2008 she was juried into the Alberta Society of Artists.

Individual Exhibitions
Ms . Blackall began the new millennium with a one-woman exhibition in Cobalt, Ontario in November 1999. Her drawings and paintings of women and abstract monoprints , were placed in combination with her poetry to feature a history of women from a feminist perspective . "The Swimmer" (from this exhibition) was featured on the cover of ACT magazine in Northern Ontario.

Ms . Blackall was a major exhibitor in the Canadian Artist Exhibition in 2001 at the Canadian Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, called “Desert Energy”, in which works from thirteen Canadian Artists were exhibited.

On her return to Canada, the exhibition "Under The Saudi Sun" combined Blackall's paintings with Walter Gray's photography of Saudi Arabia and other middle eastern countries. This exhibition traveled from its successful opening in Haileybury, Ontario in March/April, 2003 to a dynamic exhibition in May/June, 2003 at Crowsnest Pass Gallery in Alberta.