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Jennifer Drake

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Jennifer Drake

Two years before entering art school, Salvador Dali wrote in his journal: “I’ll be a genius… Perhaps I’ll be despised and misunderstood, but I’ll be a genius, a great genius.” In this way, Dali and I are similar – we both like writing in journals.
After growing up in Coeur d’Alene, I lived in Scotland, Los Angeles, and Washington DC. In my work and travels in these places and others, I met many incredible people and I still carry their stories and spirits along with my own. My passions include the history of the British pub, space travel, and medieval methods of torture. Some of these you can see reflected in my art.
Most of my pieces are done while being climbed on, clung to, and/or pestered for snacks by my three children. Their chaos has a place in the creation of my art as well.
My husband Ben and I are the proud owners of The Crown & Thistle, a traditional British-style pub in the heart of downtown Coeur d’Alene. I am also the Chairman of the Coeur d’Alene Arts Commission and Vice President of the Board of Emerge. With the little time that remains, I dabble in art and try to remain active in the community.