Sunday, March 16, 2014

Life Giving Water- April 5-13 Exhibit at BAFFA Gallery in Sayville NY

Looks like I didn't give you all the dates.  April 5-13, 2014 is when this body of work can be seen.  Cathy and I will be at the reception on Palm Sunday April 13th from 1-4.

Here is a little preview of  my paintings!

BAFFA Exhibit Life Giving Water highlights Artist Michelle Yozzo Drake and Photographer Catherine Hoffman

Both Cathy and I are excited to return to my home town of Sayville (a town that Cathy is very familiar with as she grew up a few towns away in Medford) to the Bay Area Friends of the Fine Arts (BAFFA) Gallery in the Gillette House at 47 Gillette Avenue in Sayville New York.  For those of you who don't know...that is on Long Island.

This show is a highlight of Cathy's photography and my paintings.  Both of our work is spiritual in nature ( you all know that my art is my prayer!).  But what you may not know is that Cathy did all of the photography for my book "The Art of Prayer"  As you walk through this exhibit (which I hope that you will!) you will see our exploration of water as an affirming, energizing, soothing and sometimes frightening force of nature.

We will be at the Artist Reception on Palm Sunday from 1-4 and look forward to sharing our work and answering any questions that you may have.


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Faith Exploration Series of Paintings by Artist Michelle Yozzo Drake




Come to the Water

Michelle Yozzo Drake Selected for Sayville United Congregational Church of Christ for Solo Show

I just hung 22 paintings at Sayville United Congregational Church of Christ on Long Island, NY.  The artist reception will be September 23rd from 1-6 pm.  Big thanks go out to Josh Morgan who hung the show with me. I would still be there at the church without his expertise and patience. 
Here he is...

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Lent Painting Featured at St. Stephen's Church

I just finalized the details with St. Stephen's Church in Ridgefield, CT on using this image of my painting Sacrifice for the cover of the bulletin for their Evensong on March 11th. It is so special to know that my Lenten prayer will continue through the use of this image to be a reflection point of prayer for worshipers at St. Stephen's this Lent.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Motherhood by Michelle Yozzo Drake

This advent season I found myself spending time with an expectant Mary...this painting was the result.

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Painting "For Our Sins" by Artist Michelle Yozzo Drake

We all pray in different ways...and God comes to us in different forms.This painting was a very clear conversation with God, even if I didn't get the whole message right away!

One day after Mass my priest, Father Greg, told me he would love to see my artistic interpretation of the crucifixion. I felt overwhelmed and ill equipped to paint such a big concept and told him I couldn't do it.

Then, when I got back to my studio, I could not get this image out of my mind...I saw the painting God wanted from me. So I found an old canvas that I had painted over and used it as a test. The painting above was that test. I did not know at the time what other images would emerge in different lighting from this prayer of faith and trust. I was struggling with faith in MY ability to create...instead of HIS ability to work through me. But as I started painting I gave the work over to Him and this is what happend...

This crucifixion painting is one of my paintings that hang in St. Mary Mother of the Redeemer Parish Center. One early morning after church my husband, Rich, brought me into our dark parish center...where the painting above hangs. What I saw in the dark hallway, with light streaming in from the doors was my crucifixion painting with the hand prints of children all over it. The image below is the same painting as the one above.

When I began painting I had no idea what lay beneath this old used canvas. I later remembered a project for my parents, a painting with imprints of the hands of all their 17 children and my nieces and nephews...from 3 months to 21 years old. Their hand prints are what was under the old canvas that I chose. I couldn't make that project work so I white washed the canvas to use for something else.

Father Greg saw the hand prints right away, but assumed they were my hand prints and painted on purpose.

At dusk and dawn you can see the hand prints on the crucifixion painting emerge...

See the hand prints of God's children...all of us.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

"Sacrifice" painting by Michelle Yozzo Drake

This painting is the second in a series that was painted during lent. It hangs with the 2 other paintings in this series in the Parish Center at St. Mary Mother of the Redeemer Church in Groton, CT.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Pray for Peace by Artist Michelle Yozzo Drake

When my husband, Rich, and I took a trip last year to Spain and Portugal I came back with color and images that I needed to paint.

This painting came from my experience in Fatima, Portugal. Seeing the procession of lights, praying the Rosary and hearing the accounts of the visitation of Mary to the children Lucia, Francisco & Jacinta in Fatima. She told them to pray for peace. A prayer that is as relevant today as it was in 1917 at the time of the visitations. This holy place touched me deeply and has inspired many of my recent paintings especially my Mary Series.

This painting is my prayer for peace.


24 inches by 8 inches

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Motorcycle Inspired Art

Today I got my motorcycle license.

Usually I ride on the back of my husband Rich's Harley. I have created many paintings after a weekend of riding.

The time connected the beauty and splendor of nature usually has me running to the studio to create a color and move my hands to form a texture that I saw!

I am excited to see what being the driver of the motorcycle will bring me in inspiration.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

"Crossing Over"

Crossing Over

By Artist Michelle Yozzo Drake

Acrylic on Canvas

4 feet by 6 feet

I painted this after I learned that my beloved Aunt Marie had passed away after a long battle with cancer. Touching and moving the paint with my hands was a way for me to work through my grief and loss while connecting with my faith. It is my prayer of thanks for her influence in my life and my sorrow over my life without her.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Paintings by Michelle Yozzo Drake: Reflection (Mary Series)

Reflection (Mary Series)
Artist Michelle Yozzo Drake
4 inches by 12 inches
Acrylic on Canvas

Enders Island, CT

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Paintings by Michelle Yozzo Drake: Mary with Children

Mary with Children (Mary Series)
Artist Michelle Yozzo Drake
Acrylic on Canvas
8 inches by 24 inches
This painting was the first in a series of abstract paintings in which images of Mary-the Holy Mother emerged. To me they signify the many roles that mothers take in our lives.

Thursday, February 14, 2008


Style: Acrylic and Oil Pastel on Canvas

Size: 16x20

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Monday, January 28, 2008


By Artist Michelle Yozzo Drake

Style: Acrylic on Canvas

18 inches by 24 inches

Monday, December 10, 2007

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Pop's Quiet Moments

Style: Acrylic on Canvas

Size: 24x12

Price: SOLD! Jensen Beach, FL

Friday, October 5, 2007


Artist Michelle Yozzo Drake

Style: Acrylic on Canvas

8 inches by 24 inches

Monday, September 24, 2007

Summer Shower

Artist Michelle Yozzo Drake

Style: Acrylic on Canvas

Size: 10 inches by 20 inches