Blair Hobbs makes a dent for cancer research



COWBOY 13  Blair Hobbs shows off his stunning digital artworks to be silently auctioned at the Smoking Waters Coffee Company in Fairmont Hot Springs on Saturday, October 4th. Photo by Erin Knutson
COWBOY 13 Blair Hobbs shows off his stunning digital artworks to be silently auctioned at the Smoking Waters Coffee Company in Fairmont Hot Springs on Saturday, October 4th. Photo by Erin Knutson

By Erin Knutson

Special to the Pioneer

Digital artist and local photographer Blair Hobbs is making his mark on the world of breast cancer research through his valiant efforts at fundraising for the inspired cause.

Blair will be showcasing his brilliant and unique digital artworks and photography at the Smoking Waters Coffee Company in Fairmont Hot Springs on Saturday, October 4th from 2 p.m. through 4 p.m.

My art is taken from photographs and its filtered when printing sort of like acid wash, said the self taught and genuine artist, speaking about one of his beloved pieces Butterfly in the Rain. The unique set of prints that represent Blairs modern collection demonstrate a propensity for originality and what often times the talented artist considers a nod to the great French impressionist painter Monet. The local artist is renowned for signing his name on the back of prints, so as not to disturb the continuity of the image.

It was 36 years ago my mom passed away from breast cancer, he said. That was the defining moment in the life of the openly and proudly married gay digital artworks entrepreneur and philanthropist. After developing a love for photography and stumbling upon Adobe Photoshop, an accidental occurrence gifted to him by his husband more than three years ago, the driven and dedicated artist/fashion designer/chef also known as Cowboy 13, or Cowboy Chef acknowledged his photographic talent and found a way to generate funds for breast cancer research through the Canadian Cancer Foundation.

Naming one of his original pieces Evas Garden Party in honour of his London-born mothers British heritage, Blair often embodies the natural world of flowers and sunsets in his work. Pink Sunset was inspired by his mothers fervent desire to see a pink sunset.

Four digital images of note will be on display including Mums Pink Sunset, Daisy and Crushed Roses, Pink Shadows and My Broken Daisy. They will be available for purchase along with a plethora of sizes and prices for additional prints. A silent auction for his striking Pink Shadows piece, a 25 by 32 inch (63.5 by 89 centimeter) framed beauty will be displayed centrally in the coffee shop for all in attendance.

A slideshow featuring Blairs work will also be on display throughout the two-hour meet and greet showing. Im hoping to raise about $2,000 I raised more than $1,200 at the last show through over 600 hours of volunteering, he said.

Blair spoke of the importance of breast cancer awareness for men and women and invited the valley community to share in his efforts to combat the disease and show their support for finding a cure.

Cancer research is important my mom, uncle and grandmother died of breast cancer and Ive had many friends who have been affected not only with breast cancer, but other kinds of cancer. As a male member of a family with breast cancer, its important to check for lumps and bumps.

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