I’m Alex, a Canadian artist working primarily in oil paints. I grew up in the Okanagan Valley, which might be one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. Living there undoubtedly inspired my art in the beginning, but that inspiration only grew through the experiences I’ve been so blessed to have as an adult.
While studying in Paris, I was exposed to many different artistic and cultural influences. At École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts, I participated in some really interesting classes such as morphologie (the drawing human anatomy) and a traditional mosaics class. The school was right across the river Seine from the Louvre Museum and I was so lucky to have drawn inspiration directly from the masters; Picasso, da Vinci, Monet, Van Gogh, Cezanne and many others! I also had the opportunity to study in London, where I met artists from all over the world. During my masters at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, I spent most of my time painting in my studio at the old Charing Cross location in Soho. The Charing Cross studio had a really cool vibe and was close to one of my favourite galleries of all time, the British National Portrait Gallery.
Back in Canada, I’ve studied at the University of British Columbia Okanagan and went on to teach there as a sessional art instructor. There, teaching became a real passion of mine. Since then, I’ve branched out so that I can offer classes outside the University and even private tutoring for my painting students. My favourite part is watching a student adopt their own style of painting that permeates each of their works.
I love traveling so I’m always looking for opportunities to show my art around the world. I’ve been fortunate to show in Berlin, Milan, London, Toronto, Vancouver, and Seattle. And in 2012, I took an artist’s residency in Iceland where I took in ample inspiration to last me for multiple years of painting, most notably in the waterfalls of the landscape. Another residency in Iceland is planned for the Spring of 2015 where I intend to focus on the Icelandic glaciers.
"I enjoyed the depth of expertise she brought into class. She is willing to let us venture into our own artistic curiousity. I also liked the examples from many artists from around the world."
"I love how Alex never questioned my creative process, only fuelled it with advice on where to take it with various drawing techniques. Overall, such a great class, thank you Alex!"
"As my favourite subject this semester, I enjoyed how open she was and how, although it was skill based, she never compared students to other students"
"Alex is always excited about the work and the class was always fun and a good work environment."