Something new: Starting today, we are going to feature a different MFA member every week for our new series “Me & My Art” Monday blog posts. Our goal is to get to know our members individually and hear about their connection to their art and to MFA. If you are a member, this is a great way to get known…quickly!
This week’s featured artist: Patrice Drago, member since 2002
ME: I live in Annapolis, with a studio in my house in Epping Forest, surrounded by trees, water, deer, fox, and everything else that comes with a forest! I am a writer and artist, and recently left my long-term, varied and successful and career at Marriott International to dedicate 100% of my time to my creative endeavors. I’m all in!
MY ART: Not surprisingly, my art – both representational and abstract – is largely inspired by nature and animals, though I do love the vibrancy of a thriving city scene as well. I have been painting and drawing all my life, and I work in all media. After years of working strictly in oils and creating representation work, I have returned to my abstract roots – a sense of freedom! I am constantly learning and experimenting with new techniques and materials. My most recent exhibit was “6 in the City” in February with the group 6 Artists at Circle Gallery, and the reception was great fun! Check out my art at www.patricedragofineart.com.
MFA & ME: My experience as an MFA member has been, and continues to be, an important aspect of my art career development; I’ve made so many wonderful connections and friends through volunteering, attending receptions and by donating to Collector’s Choice. I’ve built momentum through exhibition opportunities that could only have happened through my association with MFA, to the point that I now have the courage to try making a living with my art. I’ve been on the MFA board of directors since last June, and I’m happy to say there are many more new and exciting things on the horizon!