|Biography from Dana Gallery:|
|Wesley Drake was born in Buffalo, New York in 1970 and, from a young
age, moved frequently to different cities due to his father’s work;
which seems to be the root of the strong sense of wanderlust that he
possesses today. His travels have taken him to China, Argentina,
Italy, France, Seychelles, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Costa Rica and more,
supplying an endless source of subject matter for painting.
“Travel opens the door to discovering different cultures, architecture,
culinary experiences and ways of life that I can’t help but want to
translate onto canvas,” Wes says. |
While acquiring his Bachelor
of Fine Arts degree, with honors, Wes Drake solidified his artistic
foundations and discipline in traditional painting methods. Upon
moving to Chicago, he discovered the 100-year old Palette and Chisel
Academy of Fine Art to be a great place to continue honing his skills
with the community of artists found there.
Wesley Drake is a traditional representational painter passionate about
exploring different places and cultures and translating those
experiences onto canvas. He will most often be found painting en
plein air—French for "in the open air"—where he can not only observe
the interaction of light and color, but also have the emotional
connection with the subject that painting from life creates.
Wes lives in Chicago (which happens to be a great hub for international
travel) with his wife Leesa, their 7 cats, their dog, Mikey, 2 turtles
Ping and Jong, Oliver the Russian red-footed tortoise, and Hogan, the
rabbit. They love to travel frequently, run marathons and take on
any new adventure thrown their way.
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