Lynn Drake at the SOBA Gallery this month
Lynne Drake, a well-known award-winning artist and art instructor, is presenting “Perception & Interpretation” now through August 28 at The Society of Bluffton Artists (SOBA) gallery, located in Old Town Bluffton. The public celebrated the artist during a reception on Saturday, August 6th at the gallery.
“I feel I was born with a gift and destined to express that – it is part of my psyche and ingrained in all I do,” Drake said. “I always felt a little different from others taking notice of things that may otherwise get unnoticed. I have thousands of photos – capturing moments preserved in time. My perception is how I create art – interpreting what I feel and see. My style tends to be illustrative – gravitating towards beauty, nature and figurative work.”
Drake describes herself as a mostly self-taught artist whose earliest memories are rooted in creative expression. She founded and operated an art studio in Long Island where she taught art classes, hosted birthday parties and exhibited local artists’ works.
Drake attended an art school briefly and returned much later in life, earning a BFA magna cum laude in graphic design and MALS in art education. Additionally, Drake is a New York State certified art teacher with experience teaching K-12, group homes and special education. She also assisted in the development and execution of an art program for the National Council for Unity teaching art to inner city school children.
“I believe art is transforming, therapeutic and I love teaching art at all levels,” Drake said.
Drake has led a successful art career — winning awards, judged shows and an active member in several art guilds. She is a member of the All About Art Club in Sun City, The Art League of Hilton Head and SOBA.
Drake spent several years in Long Island and Kansas City, where she reconnected and married her husband, an accomplished artist and sculptor. Together they have 6 children and 11 grandchildren. Two years ago, they moved to Sun City Hilton Head, where Drake teaches acrylic painting. Drake will teach art classes at SOBA in the fall.