Running in Arlington Garden, Pasadena, 2023
Acrylic and ink on poplin
Diptych, 80 x 62 in each (203.2 x 157.5 cm)

Taking note from her most intimate and immediate surroundings, Blade’s recent paintings depict scenes from quotidian life in a dreamy, ethereal light—drawing from the theories and visual vernacular of Transcendentalism, Magical Realism, and Romanticism. Working in acrylic and ink, she applies several layers, allowing the nature of the water-based medium to inform the abstracted outcome of her paintings.