Artist Talks About Why He Loves Stephenville

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Brian Drake hasn’t spent all of his life in Stephenville. In fact he spent most of his adult life in big cities and traveling around the world, but he couldn’t be happier that right now, owning a small town gallery in Stephenville.

In 1996 Drake had a co-op gallery in Fort Worth. His current gallery has been open for nine years. It showcases his artwork, as well as the work of other artists. Drake says, “I have about 17 to 20 artists at any given time here in the gallery, with anywhere from eight to 10 of them being jewelry artists. I do really well with jewelry here.”

Drake has a passion for painting, but has no formal training. He had formerly worked in the jewelry business and only began painting as a hobby. Before that he was an officer on Carnival Cruise Lines. Photos that he had taken while on the ship became his major inspiration to start painting. After living back in Texas for a while though, he decided to work on iconic Texas landmarks. Mostly, people in Texas seem to want to buy works about Texas. He also does some abstract work.

His gallery is full of paintings and work with energy and vibrant colors. There are portraits, landscapes and watercolors. Customers will mostly find landscapes and scenarios, also pictures of windmills silhouetted, aspen trees in the fall, and other similar relaxing themes.

Drake moved to Stephenville about nine years ago because a group of friends knew he would love it. He grew up in a small town called Channing, but headed for the city when he got older. Moving back to a small town was a very easy transition, and the whole community we extremely welcoming. He loves his studio downtown, and is getting used to the lack of traffic.

We are local real estate agents in and around Stephenville. We are just as enthusiastic about our community as Drake, and would love to show you around. If you are interested in buying or selling a home here please contact us.

Original Source: Stepenville Empire Tribune

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