Today we’d like to introduce you to Alex Mathias.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I am German and since I met my American husband in 1995 we have moved more than 15 times. We’ve lived all over the US and in several European countries and throughout this time of constant settling and re-settling every year or two, supporting my husband and raising two children, art has always been a constant in my life. It’s been my happy place and my creative time was always a way of calming the mind in the midst of yet another international move and another new beginning. It’s a perfect way to meet interesting people and make new friends in the various countries we’ve lived in as a family. As a purely self-taught artist and photographer artistic exploration is my way to “be more” than just a trailing spouse and home-maker.
I started out taking classes in intuitive art with Lee Alter in Charlottesville, VA in 2001 and then got really into paper crafts and photography (around the time my first child was born in 2002). I had a portraiture business in Germany for a while (until we moved again :-). While living in Sweden I bought my first big canvas and started exploring mixed media art and acrylic paints. Daily creative time with fellow expat friends was a great way to deepen friendships and feel settled in my new home. After a short stay in the Netherlands, we settled in California last year. I set up a small studio at home and decided to share my art for sale through Instagram.
Please tell us about your art.
I create colorful abstract art using various media (mostly watercolors and acrylic paint). I also enjoy abstract photography. My creative process is my way of meditation, of being in the flow. My artwork isn’t planned or preconceived and I start each piece without the end in mind. Painting is my happy place and as much as I would love to be able to say that there is a deeper meaning to my pieces this would feel phony. I paint because I love color and form and because it makes me happy. I love the exploration of color combination and the way the brush glides over the canvas. Painting makes me happy and I hope that the viewer or collector will feel this happiness and energy every time they look at my artwork. I am drawn to artwork myself that lives through its colors and shapes rather than concrete imagery. I love artwork that lets me put my own meaning into it. Most of my pieces fall into this category. They are open to interpretation and create a space for connection beyond language/culture and background.
What do you think is the biggest challenge facing artists today?
Internet platforms for viewing and selling art have really saturated the market and it’s not easy to stand out from the masses and be seen. The more art is readily available online the harder it seems to connect to a buyer.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
My art can be seen on my Instagram account and I am currently working on creating a website. About 20 framed pieces are currently on exhibition at a beauty salon in Walnut Creek, CA.
- Website: www.alexandramathias.com
- Instagram: alexandramathias_art