Lori Drew is featured artist at library for January

Lori Drew

Artist Lori Drew at a recent exhibit at The Hidden Lantern Gallery in Rosemary Beach.

Deborah Wheeler | The Sun
Published: Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 05:27 PM.

New artist Lori Drew describes her journey into the artistic realm as a story of encouragement and an example of what can be achieved when a unique art community embraces a determined artist.

Drew's introduction to the world of art began at age 6. She dabbled in it as a hobby through more than one career move until six short months ago when she embraced it full time.

Drew has worked as a photojournalist, which she learned while serving in the U.S. Navy. She has also worked as a full-time mom, as a portrait photographer, as a graphic designer, and in marketing/public relations.

When she moved here 12 years ago from Indiana, the New Jersey native found that everyone looking for photography work wanted the same type: family shots on the beach. But Drew wanted to do more.

Now she feels she has found her niche as an artist.

"I always had creativity," she said. "I knew I couldn't make it working in a store, but it was a big step to try to make it in an area where there are so many artists."

The artist says the beauty of nature inspires her, and especially here. But instead of going for stark realism, she tries to convey her feelings for what she is seeing through her work, leaving a degree of abstractness.

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