Combining endless curiosity with an eye for detail, I create miniature art using a .15mm pen nib. Often drawing inside only an inch or two, I’m inspired by the challenge of creating more with less. Crafted with non-toxic materials and minimalist canvases, my miniature art demonstrates how constraints can enhance creativity while encouraging sustainability.
With no formal art training, my journey as an artist has been as unexpected as could be. In middle age, I discovered drawing as a creative outlet during my career as a university instructor and adviser at Vanderbilt University. Following my own advice to students to be lifelong learners, I began honing my craft at the breakfast table as part of a miniature drawing challenge I noticed on social media. As a longtime proponent of design thinking methodologies, I found the restrictive scale resonating strongly with my belief in the creative power of boundaries.
I am best known for pushing the limits of pen and ink technology. As one art show judge noted, “It might be enough that Blake Gore manages to create detailed, realistic drawings of a tree or a building using the tiniest ink-drawing implement imaginable. Even that small, and without using a magnifier, he unleashes a delightful, slightly whimsical character to his drawings. His highly detailed bookstores are especially charming.”
My miniatures have shown from Mississippi to Manhattan and can be found in private collections around the globe. 2022 awards include Best in Category at the Tephra Fine Arts Festival in Reston, Virginia, and Best in Show at the Decatur Arts Festival in Atlanta, Georgia. Credits and collaborations include Jo-Ann Stores, BLICK Art Materials, Sakura of America, Canson, Strathmore/Dixon Ticonderoga, Legion Paper, General Pencil, and Stabilo.
An Ole Miss graduate from Mississippi, I now reside with his family in Southwest Virginia's New River Valley.
More about my artistic journey and inspiration:
- Strathmore Art Interview (4 min read)
- ARTish Plunge Interview (1 hr podcast)
- Vanderbilt Business School Podcast Interview (5 min podcast)
- Strathmore Art: How to Draw a Tiny Tree with Blake Gore (7 min video)
- Mississippi Native Creates Postage-Stamp Size Artwork, Daily Journal (5 min read)
- The Magic of Thinking Small, Roanoke Times
- Christiansburg Resident Finds New Passion Through Social Media Challenge, WDBJ7 Roanoke (2 minute video)