With saturated colors and a variety of brush strokes, Adele Drake depicts the structures of farms, fields and orchards. “Depth of Field,” her show of new oil paintings, will open with a Friday art walk reception July 22 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Maine Farmland Trust Gallery, 97 Main St.

Drake sees drama and beauty in the relationship between the land and the organic farmer. In her paintings, she reveals organic farming as a lifestyle that involves fields, cows, chickens, machines, tools and manual labor. Drake is interested in the organizational systems such as rows, fences and posts and how they break up the space, creating rhythms and intervals. These structures, designed with a functional purpose, shape our way of seeing and experiencing the landscape.

Drake received a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1991 and has her art certification from the Moore College of Art.  She is an adjunct faculty member at Husson College and has taught at Waterfall Arts. She has been showing her work in Maine since moving here in 2002; recently, she was accepted into the I-95 Triennial Show at the University of Maine Museum of Art. While studying under Neil Welliver, she often combined aspects of performance and installation with painting, printmaking and sculpture.

“Maine has shaped the direction of my work in surprising ways. With my own unique voice and style, I have been content to create traditional oil paintings of what I see around me,” she said.

Maine Farmland Trust is a statewide nonprofit organization working to permanently preserve and protect Maine’s agricultural lands, and to keep Maine’s farms farming. Maine Farmland Trust created its gallery to celebrate art in agriculture; and to inspire and inform visitors regarding the vibrancy of farming in Maine.

Gallery hours are weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and during the downtown Friday art walks. For more information, visit mainefarmlandtrust.org.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.