“My mom always said, You have to keep moving, and I think she was right,” says artist Lori Drew, whose new oil and cold wax paintings are featured at the Walton County Coastal Branch Library in March.
A portion of sales will benefit the Friends of the Library. “I want to keep moving forward with my art,” says Drew. “Growing, developing my own style, while bringing a sense of peace with every unique creation.”
Drew’s mother may have influenced her to stay busy, but it’s her father’s calmness that comes into play as she layers a mixture of oil paint and cold wax medium on cradled wood panels. “I remember my dad building a fire in the old wood stove we had in our New Jersey basement,” she says. “He would sit next to the fire on a cedar chest and watch my mother busily sewing, as me and my sisters skated circles around the cement floor. My mom would ask him what he was doing, and he would say, Reminiscing. So while the world whirled around him, he calmly sat back and watched. I must have a little of both parents deep inside me.”
Nature also influences Drew’s work, as is evident in her coastal paintings, done predominately in sky and water blues, sandy neutrals and earthy grays. She says she loves “the mystery” of her paintings. “I never really know where the process will take me. Each time I add another layer, remove a little something, scratch a bit here and there, I stand back, watching it come alive, remembering what lies underneath, knowing that it’s a journey. And like life, it’s not always an easy one, but that is okay. Because it really is all about learning and moving forward and taking time to reminisce, creating something that can hopefully add a little calm to an otherwise turbulent day.”
This March marks Drew’s third year as a featured artist with the library program that showcases local art at the Santa Rosa Beach facility, located at 437 Greenway Trail. This year, a portion of her art sales will go toward the purchase of new art books. “There simply is not enough funding for everything Friends of the Library want to accomplish, so I want to help them just as they have helped me over the years,” says Drew. “The library is such a wonderful place for an art exhibit since it’s open six days a week and so many people can enjoy it.”
In addition to this public display, Drew stays busy throughout the year organizing Lowkylzart’s pop‑up galleries in the community. “These temporary art spaces give local artists an opportunity to show their work, while sales generate donations to local charities. And businesses benefit by bringing activity to otherwise unused commercial space.”
For more information about Lowkylzart and Drew’s art, call 850‑585‑7689 or visit www.LoriDrew.net.
Lori Drew appeared on The Beachcomber’s cover in March 2015.