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About Alexis Lavine:
"Making art is an essential and defining part of who I am and how I live. I see so much that intrigues me, and I am endlessly challenged to express what I see and how I feel in my own way, via watercolor. I have been a passionate plein air painter for many years, and take tremendous pleasure from painting outdoors, on location, wherever I am inspired by the landscape. Recently, I have been working more in my studio, where I can slow down my brush and take more time to design and craft my paintings with the utmost of care, to create the most impact in my work and communicate with my viewers as effectively as possible. I have discovered a new fascination with the clothed human figure, and have been focusing on telling stories, through the use of grouping, cropping, and placement of the figures within my picture plane.”
Alexis Lavine has been creating art all of her life. She was waylaid on her artistic pathway when she decided to major in microbiology in college, deeming it more noble to devote her life to curing diseases. However, she made her way back into art by attending Johns Hopkins University as a graduate student in its acclaimed Art as Applied to Medicine program. After graduation she worked as a medical illustrator for several years - and then found herself living in the beautiful, isolated mountains of Western Maryland, too far away from a medical school or a medical publisher to practice her trade. So she picked up her paint brushes and started painting the magnificent landscape that surrounded her everywhere - and she hasn’t looked back since.
Alexis has lived in Greensboro, North Carolina since 2002. She makes her winter home on St. Croix, in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where she paints the tropical flora, the jewel-toned sea, the unique Caribbean architecture, and the Crucian people.
Alexis is a signature member of a number of professional associations, including the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, the North East Watercolor Society, and the Watercolor Society of North Carolina.
Alexis Lavine’s work:
“I am primarily a transparent watercolor painter, and my paintings always begin as drawings. My paintings appear to be realistic, but they are carefully conceived and designed around abstract shapes, values, colors, movement, and positive and negative spaces. I believe that my approach gives my work a more contemporary feel ... and results in paintings which convey my personal reaction to my subject, not merely the visual facts.”
She paints exclusively with watercolor, and frequently works en plein air. When she is not painting outdoors, she can be found working in her studio, where she constructs paintings which are thoughtfully designed, carefully drawn, and sensitively painted. Recognizing the importance of education, Alexis is an enthusiastic art instructor, who teaches painting and drawing classes and workshops, in her home studio and elsewhere around the country. She loves to communicate about art, share her experience and knowledge, and help her students achieve greater creative success. Her work can be found in a variety of galleries in the mid-Atlantic and Southern states, as well as the Virgin Islands.
For further information about Alexis Lavine, visit: http://www.alexislavineartist.com/