Featured Artist Olivia Alexander

Artist Olivia Alexander’s abstract mixed media paintings are ethereal, light-filled interpretations of the ocean’s majesty. Visit her website to learn more about her work.

 

“Solace” Watercolour, Ink and Acrylic on Paper, 30” x 22” by artist Olivia Alexander. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Solace” Watercolour, Ink and Acrylic on Paper, 30” x 22”

 

I discovered a natural ability as an artist in my early teens. Although I excelled in advanced art in high school in the late seventies, I was not encouraged to pursue art as a career choice.

 

“Crystal Waters” Acrylic and Ink on Canvas, 30” x 24” by artist Olivia Alexander. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Crystal Waters” Acrylic and Ink on Canvas, 30” x 24”

 

After an illness in 2001, I picked up my brushes and paints as a means of relaxation. At first, it was a means of healing and self-discovery, but soon turned into passion as I realised that painting was the visual language that ignited the flame in my heart. I decided to pursue art as my career. What followed was nine years of art training with various tutors and institutions.

 

“Healing River” Watercolour, Ink and Acrylic on Paper, 30” x 22” by artist Olivia Alexander. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Healing River” Watercolour, Ink and Acrylic on Paper, 30” x 22”

 

Finally, I discovered the world of experimental mixed media and abstraction. I knew this would give me the techniques and vision to express what I felt about the natural world. I’m inspired and moved by the rhythms, textures and colours in the land and ocean. Having grown up in a beachside town, the emotional connection I have with the ocean is strong. It features largely in my work.

 

“In the Overflow” Watercolour, Ink and Acrylic on Paper, 22” x 30” by artist Olivia Alexander. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“In the Overflow” Watercolour, Ink and Acrylic on Paper, 22” x 30”

 

When I paint, it’s not so much about what I see, but what I have connected to on a positive emotional level. It may be the sound of the rhythm of the waves, the way the light dances across the surface of the sea, the colours in the ever-changing tide, or how the sunrise plays across the rock face near where we live.

 

“The Dancing Sea” Watercolour, Ink and Acrylic on Paper, 30” x 22” by artist Olivia Alexander. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“The Dancing Sea” Watercolour, Ink and Acrylic on Paper, 30” x 22”

 

I close my eyes so that I may then see with my heart. What do I feel? What do I hear?

 

“The Lagoon 2” Ink and Acrylic on Canvas, 30” x 30” by artist Olivia Alexander. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“The Lagoon 2” Ink and Acrylic on Canvas, 30” x 30”

 

Mixed media gives me the scope I need to explore these thoughts and better interpret them onto canvas. I use many techniques that mimic textures and patterns in the landscape.

 

“Big Wave 1” Ink and Acrylic on Acid Free Tissue on Canvas, 10” x 12” by artist Olivia Alexander. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Big Wave 1” Ink and Acrylic on Acid Free Tissue on Canvas, 10” x 12”

 

Single pigmented paints, many of which are transparent in nature, are among my favourites. Layer upon layer is built on the canvas, combined with inks and watercolours. The transparency allows each layer to peek through to the one above. It creates an intrigue in the works that is often commented upon.

 

“Big Wave 2” Ink and Acrylic on Acid Free Tissue on Canvas, 10” x 12” by artist Olivia Alexander. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Big Wave 2” Ink and Acrylic on Acid Free Tissue on Canvas, 10” x 12”

 

I have a strong leaning towards composition and design, believing it is an important part of good abstract work. Composition is like the skeleton—it supports everything else.

 

“Wild Indigo Sea” Acrylic and Ink on Canvas, 36” x 36” by artist Olivia Alexander. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Wild Indigo Sea” Acrylic and Ink on Canvas, 36” x 36”

 

I began to exhibit internationally in 2010 and found a very responsive audience, particularly in France and Italy. Exhibiting overseas helped broaden my horizons and open me up to bigger opportunities as well as meeting many amazing people.

 

Artist Olivia Alexander in the studio. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

Artist Olivia Alexander in the studio

 

I was awarded two medal diplomas from the Society of Arts, Sciences and Letters in Paris in 2012-14 and a silver medal diploma from the International French Academy of Merit in 2014, to name just a few. I’m currently represented in New York, Paris, Chicago, Italy and Australia. I work full-time from my Brisbane-based studio, where collectors and art lovers are welcome.

 

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Comments

  1. Olivia, we love your “Dancing Sea” painting. It is so dreamy and relaxing. Thanks for sharing your work!

  2. Courtney Smith says

    I have always wanted to get into watercolor painting but I have always been too afraid to try. Watercolors blend together so easily and then I always end up with a muddy mess. I really enjoyed how abstract these works are and how the concept was created.

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