Jason Drake, “Grandfather Mountain Reverie,” 2015, oil on linen, 24 x 36 inches

Nestled along the northern edge of Pisgah National Forest in North Carolina you’ll find the quaint town of Blowing Rock, the home of Blowing Rock Frameworks & Gallery, which will soon host an exhibition of new works by Jason Drake.

On view August 14-26, “Close to Home” is a fantastic exhibition featuring both figurative and landscape paintings by artist Jason Drake. Although the painter will present watercolor, oil, and egg tempera work, Drake’s characteristic technique — with crisp, tightly rendered subjects — can be seen in each.

Via the gallery, “[Drake] is a penetrating observer of the quiet, simple framework that makes up life in this region, and his compositions evoke the emotion he suffuses into each painting. A reception will be held on Saturday, August 19 from 5 to 8 p.m. where you can meet the artist.”

To learn more, visit Blowing Rock Galleries.

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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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