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Alex Cole

San Rafael, CA

I begin my paintings with dark color tones and quick brushstrokes. It's a playful time for me and warming up time to experiment and be in the moment. I allow the paint to tell me where to go. Allowing drips, scraping and scratching to create texture and patterns that sometimes only accidents can create. Then I begin to add decorative papers and thicker brighter colors into my palette. The process is an ebb and flow between adding and subtracting. Always being aware of keeping the energy of the brushstrokes and the energy of the painting moving.

Born 1972, Bronxville, NY
BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art,

I have been a painter for over 20 years. Creating landscapes and abstracts inspired by Northern California and my travels. The constant thread in my work is the use of mixed media, layers and my love of color. Not in bright bold color but the nuances and subtleties of my palette.

My current work has been greatly influenced by my awe of the Northern California landscape around me. The rolling hills of the wine country, the fog softening the lines of the horizon and creating whispers of brush strokes across the valleys, the nuisances of each season changing from bright green hills to a beautiful mustard. I paint the memories of these moments.

On the days that I'm not working in my studio, I am raising my two kids in beautiful Sonoma Valley or teaching workshops. I love to inspire others to find their creative side. Teaching the art of fearless creativity. I have taught large corporate groups such as Google, Genetech and small intimate groups at my studio or out on location.

Lipstick

Alex Cole

Seascape

Alex Cole

Fog Layers

Alex Cole

Abstract 1

Alex Cole