I am inspired by beauty, and I paint because it is adventurous and optimistic. I have always loved diving into the unknown, and I do that with every new painting and every stroke. The process of discovery and creation brings me joy, and my goal is to create works that do the same for others. Art that opens the heart soothes the soul and allows us to be more conscious in the world, helping us making connections through commonalities.
About the ArtistPatrice Drago is an abstract artist originally from New York, and has lived up and down the East Coast from Maine to Florida. Annapolis, Maryland is now her home. She's been creating art in various forms all her life. Her artistic roots are in abstraction expression from the age of 9, and then in high school starting painting very large on sheets hung from the ceiling. She has worked in all 2D media and continuously explores techniques to express her abstract work, as well as her abstractions of urban landscapes and the natural world. Her work is in private and corporate collections in the US and Europe. She has worked on public art projects, tactical urbanism and corporate commissions. She works by commission of all sizes. Her involvement in the art community is multi-faceted, serving on the Board of Directors for the Maryland Federation of Art (MFA), blogging for Visit Annapolis and Anne Arundel County, and she writes the monthly gallery column for the Annapolis Capital Gazette.
Artist's StatementI paint in a variety of styles, working in acrylic and mixed media on canvas and paper. My abstract work flows back and forth between lyrical abstract expression, minimalism, and color field. Vibrant color and energetic designs move my soul, and serve as my primary inspiration, and the result is an underlying theme through all of work of sharp contrast and lightness of spirit. I create my large, energetic works layering with a back and forth of addition and subtraction using stencils, texture mediums, hand-made paper and spray paint. While I start with the color and general composition in mind, I let the painting lead me through to the end. I balance the excitement and physicality required for those works with the zen and meditative process of creating smaller abstractions of animals and the natural world. My urban environment abstractions are inspired by my love of the city and its hard line contrast to the soft lines and edges in the natural world.
Contact patrice at firstname.lastname@example.org for inquiries regarding commissions, live painting, and art talks, and to book appointments for viewing available work.
Potentially able to travel to any location in Maryland, depending upon circumstance. Contact to discuss.