Meredith Blackmore paints portraits of people and things. Always “drawn” to the arts, she remembers sketching her peers while pursuing her first passion, dance, at The National Ballet School. She was introduced to the world of portraiture by a teenage summer job at Canada’s Wonderland. At the University of Guelph, where she studied printmaking, sculpture, and video, figurative images always invited themselves in. She has now been making figurative paintings and accepting diverse portrait commissions for 15 years. Meredith Blackmore has painted for television and had celebrity dancer Rex Harrington choose her painting on an episode of Bravo!TV’s Star Portraits.
Capitalizing on her speed, Meredith participates in competitive painting. She was the winner of The Museum’s 2013 Brush Off event in Kitchener, and the Guelph event in 2014 and 2016. She has “performance painted” for several public and private events.
Meredith Blackmore is also an art workshop leader. She believes in creative talent, but also deeply in the power of practice. She has taught all ages in many locations: from British Columbia to Bogotá, Colombia. In 2014, Meredith joined Necessary Arts in Guelph to extend her studio practice and established STUDIOHERE in Fergus as a home-base for her workshops and those of other fine instructors. She also leads workshops in schools and at The Wellington County Museum. She collaborates with Monarch Movement to offer art, dance and music camps. Her students, mentors, and community of artists are a vibrant source of creative fuel.