Artist member since 2021
Drea is an emerging artist who draws and paints from the city of Toronto. Due to an mTBI, Drea was inspired and motivated to take up art as a means of building new neural pathways. What started out as an effort to increase brain plasticity, has now become a lifelong creative endeavour.
For the artist, the interior lives we all carry about within us, is what is truly fascinating about human nature. These enigmatic inner landscapes are mostly kept hidden from a passerby, but will sometimes - and often fleetingly, reveal themselves in a passing gesture or look. In her portraits, Drea looks to capture a quality or expression through the use of colour and contour that distills something of the interior life of a person. Whether it's just a mere glimpse of what's going on under the surface, there is always an urgent sense of a passing mood playing out before the viewer.
Best season of the year in Toronto
Autumn. I prefer the cooler weather, as well as the wonderful colour scheme that nature offers up at that time of the year.
Beverage of choice
Tea. I drink copious amounts throughout the day. White tea (Pai Mu Tan) is my current go-to.
Favourite musical artist / band right now
Favourite artist(s) right now
Tina Berning, Anne-Sophie Tschiegg, Egon Schiele, Lucien Freud
How long have you been creating art?
I used to paint and sell abstracts in my twenties. The pandemic + mTBI inspired me to take up art again. I couldn't draw to save my life, so learning portraits has been a huge learning curve for me. I still have so much to learn, and am excited to hone this new skill-set.
Watercolour and Gouache.
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