Above the Surface
Patrice Drago won her first award for an abstract painting at age nine. But it wasn't until she was 14 and a friend's mother tacked a sheet on the wall from ceiling to floor, handed Patrice some house paint and commanded her to paint that she realized she was an abstract expressionist at heart. Her paintings and series are varied, but there is a constant underlying theme of vivid colors and lightness of spirit. Her inner voice guides her to create works that are stimulating and uplifting. No matter how far out she ventures, she always comes back to nature - water and trees in particular. She was raised in the hotel business, and has lived more places than she can count, but has never lived very far inland because of her need to be as close to the ocean as possible. She spent several years working on cruise ships and slept on deck as often as she could. The work in "Above the Surface" is a reflection of how deeply influenced she is by the earth's bodies of water and the life it presents.
Opening reception is Sunday, October 5th from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.