“My love of perspective, nature, music and people in action is the passionate force behind my work.” says Augusta, Ga. artist Michael Drake. Michael was born in Buffalo, NY, moving at an early age to Columbia, S.C., his father’s hometown.

“My art story began in high school when my drawing of the front of AC Flora High School in Columbia, S.C. was chosen for the inside 1971 diploma cover.” This early start in the world of art was halted for 40 years while Michael worked in metal fabrication and later home repair and married and raised a family, settling in Augusta.

“My wife bought me a canvas and some paint to jump start a return to art and it sat on the shelf for two years. After an injury while working with wood I decided to give it a go and now about 700 paintings later I’m looking at a full future,” Michael relates.

Currently the artist works in acrylic on canvas but Michael looks forward to more exploration in watercolor, oil and three dimensional/abstract works. Michael is in tune with what “speaks to him and captivates him” and uses this as inspiration for his paintings.

“I am very excited about my future as an artist! I currently display my work in Augusta, Ga. and North Augusta, S.C. Later this year I look forward to exhibiting in Aiken and Columbia S.C. and broaden out from there.” Michael explains. Michael just completed an exhibit at Sacred Heart Cultural Center in Augusta, Ga. and will have work displayed in Jim Bush Flower Shop in North Augusta during the months of March and April.

You can touch base with Michael on Facebook or his website at: michaeldrakeart.com

Lindsey Hodges is a general assignment reporter at the Aiken Standard and North Augusta Star. Follow her on Twitter at @LindseyNHodges.