Drake's wildlife paintings highlight reopening of Art Gallery of Viera


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Jeanette Drake's “Wingin It” is one of the many examples of her colorful wildlife paintings. Drake is the former owner of the Art Gallery of Viera. Her paintings will be on display and for sale when the Art Gallery of Viera reopens in late September.

Courtesy of Jeanette Drake

Vibrant, bright colors capture artist Jeanette Drake’s watercolor paintings of nature, flowers and wildlife.

Drake will be the first featured exhibitor when the Art Gallery of Viera reopens in September at The Avenue.

It’s the details that make those paintings memorable. Drake’s website (artbyjdrake.com) provides many samples of her attention to detail:

There’s the engaging charm of Thor as he spreads the bright blue feathers of his wings. Thor II, a Hyacinth Macaw, is always ready to chat up visitors at the Brevard Zoo.

Or, try the bold gaze of Phil, a jaguar at the Brevard Zoo. That painting by Drake won first place in watercolor in an annual Titusville Spring Show.

These paintings on Drake’s website are just a sample of the life she adds to the subjects she paints.

Drake, 73, was one of the previous owners of the Art Gallery of Viera, which closed in 2018. She and Helen Wheatley, the last two owners, sold it to Jill Blue, the publisher of Senior Life and Viera Voice.

“I’m excited the Art Gallery is continuing. I didn’t want it to end,” Drake said.

“We really wanted to put more time into our art.”

Drake began painting in 2003 after she retired as a human resource administrator at Miami Dade College.

While she has a studio in her Lake Washington home, she also loves traveling in her RV with Mike and capturing images she wants to paint.

Her advice to others who paint, or are interested in starting, is to learn about other artists’ art, and take lessons from various people to learn different techniques.

“That way, you learn a lot and find out what you like to paint,” Drake said.

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