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About the Artist

Born in rural Southern New Jersey, Drew was drawing at an early age. He began his formal training in art at Glassboro State College, now known as Rowan University. While there he became fascinated with the abstract expressionists and created boldly colored, loosely rendered landscapes in oil.  During that time his design was selected for a large mural for the Chamberlain Student Center. He graduated in 1985 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

He began showing his work in Southern New Jersey galleries in group, two man and solo exhibitions.

With formal training in art, along with a construction background, Drew made a living combining his skills by becoming an architectural draftsman. Drafting was a way of drawing every day and conveying 3 dimensional objects in 2 dimensional form. He created building elevations, and floor plans to detailed installation layouts of electrical work. Hand drafting eventually developed into computer aided design and his pencil was laid to rest. Drew became proficient at computer aided design and had a prosperous career.

Later he continued his fine arts education at the Continuing Education Department of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Through studio and plein air classes his focus became primarily on landscape, using pastels for their immediacy and rich color. 

His work is inspired by many different artists: John Constable, Vincent Van Gogh, Giovanni Boldini, Piet Mondrian, Mark Rothco, Fairfield Porter, George Inness, Wolfe Kahn and Ives Klein, to name a few.

As an artist, he paints, in a realistic style, scenes that are inspired by actual locations. Sometimes very accurately rendered and at other times only using it as a starting point. The suggestion of detail is done by the scraping of pastel, a smudge with his finger, one color placed strategically beside another fascinates him. It’s that act of painting that interests him. The exploration of the surface versus the medium. In the end creating a record of the experiences that brought forth the finished piece. He attempts to control that uncontrollable accident and create works that the viewer can appreciate as a beautiful representation of a place or dig deeper, up close, and take in the painting for the abstract qualities, assorted colors and shapes placed in various ways on paper. As in all painting, trees don't exist on the paper, there is no sunlight, it's all about color and form.

Drew has been developing a body of work that represents the landscape of Southern New Jersey, where he lives, as well as other areas of the East Coast. He has won best in show and other awards.  His work is in both private as well as public collections and continues to exhibit throughout the area.

Art Experience

2023

Church Street Gallery, Mount Holly, NJ

Selected Works on View

Dr. Flinker Pavilion Gallery, Mount Holly, NJ

50th Annual Bly Ransley Open Juried Art Exhibit Best of Show Award

Riverfront Renaissance Center, Millville, NJ

Group Show "Cumberland County on Canvas"

The Square Pear Fine Art Gallery, Kennett Square, PA

Seasonal Group Show "Water's Edge"

Peninsula Gallery, Lewes, DE

"Tranquility" Group Show

Riverfront Renaissance Center, Millville, NJ

"Golden Hour" Group Show

Dr. Flinker Pavilion Gallery, Mount Holly, NJ

Burlington County Art Guild Annual Summer Members Exhibit

Riverfront Renaissance Center, Millville, NJ

"I Am" Group Show

Pastel Society of New Jersey

18th Annual Juried Exhibition

Philadelphia Watercolor Society

Works on Paper Juried Members Show

International Association of Pastel Societies

42nd Open Division Juried Show

 

Riverfront Renaissance Center, Millville, NJ

Associate Artist Show I

 

The Square Pear Fine Art Gallery, Kennett Square, PA

Seasonal Group Show "Stories We Tell"

 

Peninsula Gallery, Lewes, DE

Recent Work Exhibition

The Square Pear Fine Art Gallery, Kennett Square, PA

Seasonal Group Show "Inside/Out"

Burlington County Library, Westhampton, NJ

14th Annual Gisela J. Bly Juried Show 3rd Place

2022

Riverfront Renaissance Center, Millville,NJ                                                                       

Select 4 Person Associate Artist Show

Rowan College of South Jersey, Sewell,NJ                                                                        

Solo Show

Jessie Creek Winery, Cape May Courthouse, NJ                                                  

Solo Show

Riverfront Renaissance Center, Millville, NJ                                                                       

Cumberland County on Canvas  1st Place

Ellarsie Open 39, Trenton State Museum, Trenton, NJ                                                         

Regional Artists Juried Show

Cosmopolitan Club of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA                                                    

Solo Show

2021

Cosmopolitan Club of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA                                                     

Virtual Show during Covid with 30-minute talk

Jessie Creek Winery, Cape May Court House, NJ                                           

Solo Show

The Village on High, Millville, NJ                                                                

Solo Show

Riverfront Renaissance Center, Millville, NJ                                                                       

Cumberland County on Canvas  2nd Place

Riverfront Renaissance Center, Millville, NJ                                                                        

Associate Member Show  Best in Show Co-winner

Dr. Flinker Pavilion Gallery, Mount Holly, NJ                                                                

48th Annual Robert Rainsley Open Juried Art Exhibit Best in Show

 

2020

The Village on High, Millville, NJ                                                                

Solo Show

1988

Gallery 50, Bridgeton, NJ                                                       

Solo Show

1987

Gallery 50, Bridgton, NJ                                                         

Two man show

1983

Glassboro State College (Rowan University), Glassboro, NJ                                                                

Won mural painting competition for design. Painted mural 40’x20’ in Savitz Hall

1982

Cumberland County Library, Bridgeton, NJ                                                                  

Cumberland County on Canvas  Honorable Mention

Art Affiliations

                        Philadelphia Pastel Society                        

                        Pastel Society of America                          

                        Philadelphia Watercolor Society                 

                        Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts  

                        Burlington County Art Guild                       

(above- "Untitled" Oil on Canvas 24"x46" 1985)

 

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