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Between the Spaces

at MC3

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1 The Coastal Series

 

The paintings in the Coastal series were created over a two-year period, and as paintings sold, I created new additions in the same vein. The series was still underway when COVID-19 erupted and everything closed down.

 

This was one of the most enjoyable and liberating series of work I’ve created to date. I was in the coastal mindset of optimism that the colors of water evoke. It began in the spring, when I had several reasons to feel lighter, freer and could breath easier. 

 

I was an Artist in Residence at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts and I had just given my studio a thorough spring cleaning, leaving space to breathe, creating a blank canvas to start something anew. The Legislative Session had just ended successfully, so my wonderful job with the honorable Delegate Ned Carey became part-time again, giving me more freedom. Then I received an invitation to show my work at the Peninsula Gallery in Lewes, Delaware, and with my huge windows open on a gorgeous spring day, inspiration found me and it simply flowed. 

 

The paintings alternated between energetic and serene, sort of like the experience of a vacation at the beach with exciting days of water sports balanced by lovely evenings unwinding on the beach with glass of wine by a fire. 

 

While I am always drawn to blues and aquas and to the spirit of optimism, in March of 2020, this series, like all others things, came to an end. 

About Patrice

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, and 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.

Writing about Art

Patrice writes the monthly Gallery column for the Annapolis Capital Gazette newspaper, appearing the first Sunday of the month.

Here's the August column:

August Heat Encourages the Stillness of Art Appreciation

She also blogs for Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel County's

Annapolis Discovered blog: 

Patrice's latest blog post

News from the Studio 

Blogging about events, techniques and inspirations.