Portraying the magic of animals and their ability to see into our soul this show presents each animal looking directly at you (apart from two who are blissfully sleeping), and seeing you for who you really are. There is nowhere to hide and an emotional response is thus created.
“If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.”
Hannah Blackmore has been fascinated by the magic of animals for as long as she can remember. She has shared her life thus far with four great dogs and a handful of chickens. She is passionate about animal conservation and welfare, and hopes, one day, to contribute to this important work through her own work.
Originally from Jersey, in the Channel Islands UK, Hannah grew up visiting the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, founded by Gerald Durrell in 1959. This amazing place protects endangered species from all over the world and has run many successful captive breeding programs, whilst educating people about conservation.Its mission is to save species from extinction.
As Schopenhauer once said, “Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character; and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.” Hannah also believes that having animals in your life enhances your life and maybe even makes you a more compassionate human being.
The works in Animal Magic epitomise Hannah’s characteristic style using thin washes of acrylic followed by detailed pen and ink drawing.
Shop 16, Salamanca Arts Centre
Originally from Jersey in the Channel Islands, UK, Hannah moved to Tasmania in 2012. She completed a fine art degree in Cheltenham, UK, graduating in 2000, and has since continued to practice as an artist. Hannah has exhibited many times, as part of a group, with her artist mother and as a solo artist.
Hannah is a resident artist of the Salamanca Arts Centre and works full-time in her studio there.
“My mission as an artist is to create beautiful artworks inspired by the natural world- landscapes, seascapes, animal and plant life.”
Hannah also loves photography and is inspired by extreme landscapes, natural beauty and all creatures great and small.
Recently Hannah (a qualified nutritionist) has been exploring her passion for writing and enjoys writing about health and creativity. Her new website will be launched in September to showcase her work and “inspire others to explore their creativity.”