Artist Joan Dix Blair works in woodcut and etching, using traditional techniques. Her interest lies with mark-making that is in tune with her material - whether it be copper or wood. The artist's vocabulary includes abstraction, simplification, and small editions. Variant unique prints occur from the same plate.
The artist's subject is often an element of the landscape. The group of etchings involving salamanders and their habitat occupied the artist for several years years. This series consists of long etchings presented as scrolls and a ceramic installation.
In 2018, Blair began a new series of etchings based on the typology of oak leaves, and one of these etchings has been included in the Southern Graphics Council's Traveling Exhibit 2019-21.
Neurologist Oliver Sacks said, "ferns are survivors." Painter Luchita Huetado said: "Trees are our closest relatives because they breathe out and we breathe in." My work emanates from observing landscapes. There may be a narrative impulse fed by literature. Fleeting Time is on my mind. The most important influence on my technical process was gained from the Master Printers who led workshops at Kathan Brown's Crown Point Press in San Francisco, CA.