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Biography
Biography

Born and raised in Miami, Florida I spent many enjoyable weekends at art festivals. I knew then that I loved art and would some day create paintings. Drawn to the beauty of watercolor, once retired from my career as a Human Resources Administrator in 2003, I began my journey to becoming an artist. Mostly self taught in the beginning, I eventually began taking art classes and discovered that I had a real talent for detailed painting. Once I moved to Melbourne FL, I took classes from a local wild life painter and fell in love with painting wildlife and tropical flowers. Most of my paintings are inspired by my photographs as I visit many of the local wild life sanctuaries and gardens for inspiration. I am not sure what excites me more, capturing a bird in flight with my camera or painting that image in Watercolor.  Exploring other subject matter in my paintings has been a recent challenge, but it is the local wildlife and tropical flowers that inspire me the most.

Exhibitions

Art Gallery of Viera
One of 5 owners, Jeanette's art is currently on display at their gallery and art center at The Avenue, 2261 Town Center Ave., Viera, FL (Between Old Navy and Lane Bryant). Click to visit Art Gallery of Viera website

Fifth Avenue Art Gallery
Two of my paintings, "Seeing Red" and "Blue Eyes II", have been accepted into the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery's 100% Pure Florida 2017 exhibition.  The reception for the show and award presentation will be September 1 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and the show will be on display from August 29 to October 1, 2017. Click to visit Fifth Avenue Art Gallery website

Art Shows and Displays (2005-2012)

The Museum in Cocoa Village, FL
Art and Antique Studio, Eau Gallie Fl – featured artist for one month show
Palm Beach Community College - 3 foot by 4 foot canvas project using painting
         “Caladium Leaves” (currently on display in the Administration Building)
Sand and Sea Gift and Gallery in Cocoa Village, FL
Cocoa Village Art and Craft Shows
Central Brevard Art Association; Brevard Watercolor Society; Titusville Art League
        and Strawbridge Art League shows
Eau Gallie Arts Festival
The Maxwell C. King Center of Performing Arts
Florida Watercolor Society 'Non-Signature Members On-line juried show'
Mt. Dora Fine Art Juried Show
Art in Public Places program through the Brevard Cultural Alliance
Robot Love – 321 Agency, Melbourne, FL Juried Show

Major Awards

2005 "Mayors Award" for one of her paintings of Florida Pelicans.  The city of Cape
Canaveral purchased the painting and it is on display at the Cape Canaveral City Hall
2007 Best of Fauna award at the Brevard Watercolor Society and the Merritt Island
Wildlife Refuge’s annual Images From the Refuge show 
2008 Merit Island National Wildlife Refuge Artist Recognition Award for her painting
of a Great Horned Owl
First Place for “Attitude in Red” in the watercolor category at the 2009 Titusville Art
League’s Annual Spring Show
Best in Show for “Snowy Egret” at the 2009 Brevard Watercolor Society and the
Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge’s annual Images From the Refuge show
First Place for “Attitude in Green” in the watercolor category at the 2010 Titusville Art
League’s Annual Spring Show
Third Place in the 2010 art competition at the Space Coast Birding & Wildlife
Festival
First Place for “First Flight” at the 2011 Watercolor Images From The Merritt Island
Wildlife Refuge Show.
Brevard Watercolor Society Award at the Strawbridge Art League’s  Mini Vision
2011 show
First Place for “Phil” in the watercolor category at the 2012 Titusville Art League–
48th Annual Spring show 2012
Merit award in Mixed Media and Collage for “Santa’s Pony” at the Titusville Art
League – 48th Annual Spring show 2012
First Place in the ART Category at the 2012 Cocoa Village Art and Craft Show
Third place for my Barred Owl painting at the 2015 18th Annual Space Coast Birding Festival in Titusville, FL.

Permanent Collections

Cape Canaveral City Hall – Purchased “Cape Canaveral Pelican”
Viera Hospital - Purchased 24 Giclee’s as part of their permanent art collection
Patrick Air Force Base Medical Center - Purchased four Giclee’s as part of their
Permanent art collection

For information, email Jeanette at jdrakeartist@gmail.com or phone 321-431-5599

Member of the Following Organizations

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December 2011: I am happy to announce that my painting "First Flight" took First Place at the Brevard Watercolor Society and The Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge's 9th annual "Images From The Refuge" fine art show.
February 2011: I entered two paintings in the Strawbridge Art League's annual show Mini Vision and was awarded the Brevard Watercolor Society's Award. BWS contributes to the monetary award and selects the artist that they wish to honor with this wonderful award.
January 2015: third place for my Barred Owl painting at the 2015 18th Annual Space Coast Birding Festival in Titusville, FL. CLICK PHOTO TO SEE LARGER VIEW