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ADVANCING THE ARTS ACROSS MARYLAND

PATRICE DRAGO

PATRICE DRAGO

Artist Work

I Rule
January 2012
Acrylic/Mixed Media
28 x 24
After the Storm
2013
Acrylic, Mixed Media on canvas
24 x 24
Deep Forest
2014
Acrylic and glass beads on canvas
48" x 48"
Brisk Afternoon
2014
Acrylic on canvas
36" x 36"
Nomad
2015
Acrylic
24" x 24"
Summer by the Lake
2016
Acrylic
36" x 36"

Artist Information

County
Anne Arundel County
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Statement

My work is constantly evolving, as I continue to seek new ways to bring color, texture and light to life on the canvas and paper. I am currently blending strongly layered abstract backgrounds with representational images. The abstraction comes first, with texture and color as the dominating elements, inspiring an organic shape that will blend seamlessly with its background. I experiment endlessly with new mediums, techniques, styles and sizes for continued growth and to keep my work fresh. I work primarily in acrylic and mixed media. I also draw and paint representational works in oil, gouache, markers, colored pencils - just about everything. Regardless of the medium or subject, there is a constant underlying theme of vivid colors and lightness of spirit. My goal in my art - as in life - is to be joyous, and to bring joy to others.

Artist Bio

I started painting expressionistic abstracts in high school and continued through college while earning a degree in Journalism. I have continued to study art throughout the course of my corporate career at Marriott International, working on commissions and volunteering artwork and time to art organizations. My work has been selected for national juried competitions, group and solo shows in Maine and the greater DC area.  I am an Artist In Residence at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, and an executive on the Board of Directors of Maryland Federation of Art (MFA).  Since June 2012, I am the author of the full-page monthly Gallery Column for the Annapolis Sunday Capital Gazette.  My first children's book will be published in spring 2015.