Living a life inspired by art.
I am inspired by kindness, beauty and love.
Patrice Drago is a prolific artist, whose goal is to create art that brings a smile to your face and joy to your heart.
She produces work for corporate and individual commissions and for her affiliated galleries. Patrice also exhibits regularly and welcomes visitors to her studio at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.
Compositional drama, vibrant color and an abundance of joy are the common threads throughout her work.
I am an East Coast abstract artist. Originally from New York I have lived all up and down the coast from Maine to Florida., and I am currently living in Annapolis, MD. I've been creating art in one form or another since I can remember.
My artistic roots are in abstract expression; winning my first award at age nine, and at 14 I started painting on sheets hung from the ceiling with house paint and huge brushes. I've gone from abstracts to representational and back again in all types of media.
My original artwork is exhibited in Maryland, Washington, DC., Delaware and Maine, and I am grateful that my paintings have found homes all over the world in corporate and private collections.
Why I Paint
I love the process of creating art because the possibilities are endless. It is a path of continuous discovery and experimentation to bring those possibilities to life. Joy and optimism are critical elements in my process, partially because that is my core, but also because I believe the intended outcome of beauty is equally as important as a provocative statement for social consciousness - now more than ever. Beauty soothes the soul and opens the heart, allowing us to be more conscious in the world, helping us make connections through our commonalities.
I love sharing the joy with you, and I hope my art makes you happy; makes you smile. Every smile makes the world a better place.
My Art Process
Vibrant color and energetic designs move my soul. Most of my work is lyrical abstract expression with a constant underlying theme of sharp contrast and lightness of spirit. I create large energetic works in acrylic and mixed media on both canvas and paper, layered with details of interest using stencils, texture mediums, hand-made paper, and spray paint. I switch back and forth between pure abstract works, abstracted animal paintings (because animals are magical), and urban works inspired by my love of city streets, skylines and city life. Having different streams of work in progress helps to satisfy my ever-curious mind, and gives me a place to put all the ideas that come out of an experience. I always have another exciting project waiting when I complete the work at hand. Visit my Exhibitions page for a list of current and upcoming exhibits, plus select past exhibits.
About Collecting My Art
I use only the highest quality materials in all of my work - Golden and Liquitex paints, mediums, markers and spray paints; high quality acrylic markers, Neocolor II, Pigma Micron pens and other reputable brands - all are archival, as well as the canvas and paper. With mixed media works, the collage papers I use are often fragile, so I use archival mediums to protect them and preserve them for a lifetime, and all works are coated with a varnish that is protective, yet removable for restoration.
I don't discount my work, and each painting has only one price, regardless of where you purchase it because that is fair to you and to whomever it selling my work. Those who buy multiple works do receive a collectors benefit in price.
My desire is that anyone who owns my work is completely satisfied. The outcome should always be one of joy!
Another form my creativity takes is with the written word. As a writer and editor, I write about artists and the art scene, and am now editing books with art-related content. My first endeavor at my own book is in the works; a children’s book that is a labor of love based on my beautiful dog, Shannon.
Publications & News
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
Artistic Endeavors & Affiliations
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! Come back and visit often!