Living a life inspired by art.
Patrice Drago is a prolific contemporary East Coast abstract artist. Originally from New York, she has lived all up and down the coast from Maine to Florida., and I is currently living in Annapolis, MD. She's been creating art in one form or another all her life.
Her artistic roots are in abstract expression; winning her first award at age nine, and at 14 she started painting abstractly on sheets hung from the ceiling with house paint and huge brushes. She pursued studies in all types of media, creating both abstract and representational works while also working diligently to perfect her other passion of writing. Her corporate job of strategic instructional design provided the invaluable creative environment and opportunity to perfect both drawing and writing skills, enabling her to eventually exit the corporate world to switch careers and become a full-time artist. Since then, she has worked to support the arts community through collaborative community art projects, board membership and participation with numerous local and regional non-profit organizations. For more than ten years she has been blogging about art and is the author of the full page monthly Gallery column in the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland.
Her pursuit of art is spurred on by her desire to participate in a joyful process, and her love of exploration and experimentation leads to a continuous evolution of her art. Bringing joy to others through her art sustains her and provides fuel for purposeful creative endeavors. Her tag line, "Love Your Space', is a heartfelt message that everyone deserves to be surrounded by beauty in their home and work environment, through art and design that speaks to you and makes a statement that brings you joy.
Her original artwork is exhibited in Maryland, Washington, DC, and Delaware, and her paintings have found homes all over the world in corporate and private collections.
Publications & News
Read my monthly column in the Annapolis Capital Gazette.
2019 What's UP? Annapolis
2018 It's Only Painting: Essays on Creativity from a Veteran Artist, by Tesia Blackburn.
2018 It's Only Painting: The Maker's Book, by Tesia Blackburn
2016 UpStArt Magazine, Visit Annapolis featured artist, Fall Issue
2016 Annapolis Home Magazine, DeColArt Design Show House and artwork featured in winter issue (uncredited)
2014 Still Point Arts Quarterly, Summer 2014, Still Point Art Gallery, featuring work in juried exhibition
2013 Acrylic Painting with Passion, North Light book published January, 2014; by Artist Tesia Blackburn; featured artist: interview and paintings
2013 Still Point Arts Quarterly, Summer 2013, Still Point Art Gallery, featuring work in juried exhibition
2010 Maine Home & Design magazine (September, 2010) painting featured in article about Collector’s home renovation in Kennebunk, ME
Community is everything.
Connecting, collaborating and creating bridges to opportunities for like-minded creatives is powerful fuel for inspiration and follow-through. I am blessed to have the support of such a strong community of artists, friends and those who love art, near and far, and those of you in the world in social media that I have yet to meet.
This is the short list of my work in the art community that feeds my artistic soul:
External VP (Marketing and Public Relations) Board of Directors, MFA (Maryland Federation of Art), Communications Chair
Gallery Columnist, Capital Gazette Newspaper
Arts Blogger for VisitAnnapolis.com - Visit Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Destination Marketing Organization
Former Secretary, Board of Directors, Annapolis Arts District
Served on the Advisory Board for the 1st Annapolis Arts Week
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I wish you a joyous and artful day.