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Manson Blair

Born near Ballyclare Co.Antrim in 1947, from early days Manson always had an interest in art and drawing. After attending Stranmillis College from 1965-68 he took up a teaching career in Larne, moving later to Carrickfergus and in 2004 retired after 26 years in Ballyclare Primary School. He also taught as a part time tutor at NRC for thirty years, working with various groups in Leasure Art classes. He continues to provide painting demonstrations and workshop activities for art clubs and groups throughout the province. In these demonstrations he shows his working techniques mainly for oil and watercolour painting. He began to paint seriously in the early 70’s and displayed a liking for the traditional Irish landscape, particularly the rugged mountain, coastal and lake views of the West of Ireland, as well as the more local Antrim coast. He has long admired the works of past Irish artists such as Humbert Craig, Frank McKelvey, Maurice C Wilks, Arthur H Twells and the Donegal watercolour artist, Frank Egginton. The inspiration for much of his work is found in such areas as Mayo, Galway and Donegal. Recently he was elected as a member of the Ulster Watercolour Society.