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. Since then, she has studied and created both abstract and representational works in all types of media, and at the same time she worked diligently on her other passion - writing. Her corporate job of strategic instructional design gave her the opportunity to perfect both her writing and drawing skills. She left her job 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.
Her pursuit of art has always been driven by a need for adding beauty and joy to the world, which then drives continuous exploration and an evolution of her art. The practice of creating has providing ongoing self-discovery, further revealing her dedication to doing whatever she can to make the world a better place, through purposeful creative endeavors.
Her original artwork is exhibited in Maryland, Washington, DC, Delaware and Maine, 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
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!