Waiting on Carmel Beach 2005
Oil on board
Signature/date: Lower right, Initials: BB
Brian Blood, a resident of Pebble Beach, California, is widely recognized as one of California's most important plein air impressionist artists. Married to award winning artist, Laurie Kersey (see below) they live their childhood dreams.
He began his professional life as a graphic artist and art director in Boston, Massachusetts. Although Blood's career was successful, he was frustrated personally and realized he wanted to be a fine-art painter. A leap across the continent to California took him to the Academy of Art University in San Francisco for both undergraduate and graduate studies. Blood and Kersey were both later instructors at the Academy of Art University for 12 years.
From the 1990s, Brian Blood has been painting full time as well as conducting landscape painting classes at his alma mater. He also conducts ongoing workshops in his studio, and surrounding areas of Pebble Beach, California.
Primarily a plein-air painter, Blood creates hundreds of studies directly from nature, observing the ever changing light of day. He then takes his studies and supporting reference photos back to one of his two studios, either in San Francisco or Pacific Grove, to paint. He uses these studies as the basis for his larger scale works.
Blood has had his work featured in articles in Southwest Art Magazine (May 2002, and March 2005); Art of The West Magazine (March/April 2004); American Artist Magazine (January 2004); Plein Air Magazine (December 2005); and The Central Coast Journal (October 2005); to name a few.
2012 American Art Collector Award of Excellence- 101st California Art Clubs
Gold Medal Exhibition
2012 Plein Air Magazine Award of Excellence, Carmel Art Festival
2010,11 Best Local Artis, Carmel Art Festival
2009 Best of Show Award, Fine Art Studio Online Art Competition, October
2009 Carmel Art Festival "Best of Show"
- 2008 Carmel Art Festival "People's Choice" & "Artist's Choice" Award
-- 2007 California Art Club Gold Medal Exhibition, Southwest Art Magazine "Award of Excellence"
- 2007 Maui Plein Air Invitational, "Irvine Museum Award of Excellence"
- 2006 "Quest for The West", Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis, Indiana, "Founder's Award"
- 2006 "Plein Air Affair, 2006", Museum of Art & History, Santa Cruz, California,
"Best of Show", and "People's Choice" Award winner
-2005 "Northern Views" exhibit, Napa Valley Museum, "People's Choice" Award
2004 San Luis Obispo Plein Air Festival, "Best of Show" Award
-2004 Carmel Art Festival, "People's Choice", and "Artist's Choice" Awards