Wesley Drake is a traditional representational painter often found painting en plein air where he can observe the interaction of light and color on the subject, and have the emotional connection that painting from life creates. His influences are derived mostly from the traditional styles of John Singer Sargent, George Inness, William Trost Richards and William Merritt Chase.
Wesley Drake was born in Buffalo, New York in 1970 and from a young age moved frequently to different cities due to his father’s work. This seems to be the root of the strong sense of wanderlust that he possesses today. His travels have taken him to China, Argentina, Italy, France, Seychelles, Puerto Rico, Thailand, Mexico, Costa Rica, Japan and more, supplying an endless source of subject matter for painting.
“Travel opens the door to discovering different cultures, architecture, culinary experiences and ways of life that I can’t help but want to translate onto canvas,” Wes says. While acquiring his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, with honors, Wes Drake solidified his artistic foundations and discipline in traditional painting methods. Upon moving to Chicago, he discovered the 100-year old Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Art to be a great place to continue honing his skills with the community of artists found there. Today, Wes lives in Chicago–which happens to be a great hub for international travel–with his wife Leesa, 5 cats, their dog, Mikey, Oliver the Russian red-footed tortoise and most recently, a boy named Adam. They love to travel frequently, run marathons (both have completed the Ironman triathlon, and have run marathons on 3 continents together) and take on any new adventure thrown their way.