Blair Thorson

Title: Nisling River Camp
Materials: watercolour on map paper
Dimensions: 16” x 24”
Date: 2014

Title: Pelly River Fish Cleaning
Materials: watercolour on map paper
Dimensions: 16” x 24”
Date: 2014

Yukon River Fish Cleaning
Materials: watercolour on map paper
Dimensions: 16” x 24”
Date: 2014

Artist Statement

I have been interested in art for as long as I can remember. After receiving Art Awards in grades 9 and 12, I was encouraged to continue my interest in art and started exploring different techniques and mediums as a self taught hobby artist. Life experiences and world travel have developed my work to what it is today. I am now ready to emerge into the world as an “Artist“.

My livelihood as a hydrometric surveyor took me throughout Northern Canada and this travel influenced my present style of art by allowing me to observe wildlife and First Nations people indigenous to the lands, living as they have for hundreds of years. I have always loved maps and did my first illustration on a map as a thank you gift for some friends. The acceptance and comments about that one gift sparked something and the creative juices in me started to flow. When the opportunity to acquire old maps that were being thrown away came to my attention, I jumped at the chance and have continued doing watercolour illustrations on maps ever since. Each illustration depicts what the subject might have done while living off of or on the land that the map it/they are drawn on reflects.


  1. Love these. Reminds me of the ledger art of the plains, but a little more updated. And the representation of the women is strong and beautiful. Respect for your representation & talent.

  2. Are you beginning to sell your work? And if so, where do we find you and follow your career? Sorry, forgot to add my name to the comment just above.

  3. Juk drin hozo Blair. I keep coming back to your work…its visually calming and I hear stories in my head from Elders in our area as I look at it. Very inspiring.

  4. Very attracting. I feel the use of the maps lends a sense of authenticity to your images. I lived north of the Circle for 10 years, so I have some experience – and many good memories – of living off the land, even though it was what could be called ‘part time’.

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