Today we’d like to introduce you to Alexis Camille.
So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
On my wall hanging above my desk, I have a piece of art I made in the third grade that reads, “When I grow up, I want to be an artist.” Although I have dabbled in other creative/artistic careers, they have all led me back to where I am today. Instead of choosing to have a traditional college education in the arts, I chose a more hands-on method to learning through work experience. Playing violin for 13 years gave me self-discipline as a fine artist. Working as a professional cookie decorator taught me time management skills and design/color theory. Today, I am a graphic designer in the corporate world, and that has given me the structure and stability to be a full-time artist while continuing to grow and learn. As an artist, I think it is really important to know that we are never done growing, and we can always learn more from anyone or anything at anytime. I truthfully love what I do, and I feel so blessed to say that I am a working artist.
Has it been a smooth road?
The road of an artist has many obstacles and hoops you have to jump through mentally, physically, and emotionally. At first, I was unsure my art was even “good enough” to show to anyone. I think it’s really important for artists to make art for themselves–and not other people. Along the way, I have had some pretty amazing support from family, friends, and even strangers. To have people enjoy and support my art enough to follow the journey really touches my heart, and I am very humbled by this. Now, I understand I’m able to use art as my therapy to aid in the ups and downs of life. No matter what kind of day I’ve had or how much I’m struggling, I always have my art.
Please tell us more about your art.
Alexis Camille Artwork is my own personal brand. There is no rule or guidelines to art, and that’s what I wanted to showcase within my brand. I specialize in acrylic painting and graphic design. I think that the bold use of colors and shapes with eye-catching slogans really draws people to my artwork. I have a few pieces that are very near and dear to my heart–one of them being my first mural titled “Lemon Wings” out in Santa Paula’s artist alley. Another favorite is a set of beer can labels I created for a local brewery, Concrete Jungle Brewing Project.
However, the piece that I am working on right now really takes the cake. I decided to jump on the bandwagon and showcase my artwork on Tik Tok. A few years ago, I bought a wooden puzzle of the United States that you can paint on. I decided since I have had so much time on my hands, it was the right time to do this project. Naturally, I started out with the state of California and asked Tik Tokers to reply in the comments and let me know which food is popular in their state. I am now on state 15/50, and millions of people have engaged with my art by interacting with the project. To me it’s not about the views or likes; it’s about getting my art out there to people that normally wouldn’t have the chance to see it based on geographic location.
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
I live in Ventura, a small little beach town in Cali. I honestly wouldn’t change it for the world–we have a great community of artists here. Every other Monday, there is an art show called Artist’s Brew where local artists come together in downtown Ventura and have the opportunity to sell their creations. There is a group of artists that get together on the weekends at the beach to paint and create, and they call themselves the Sketchbook Society. Also, there is a group in Ventura called Get Loud Movement that supports all artists of the LGBTQ+ community. That is just a few of the local artist resources in Ventura. I am so fortunate to live near the beach creating, with all of the support from other local artists.
- Website: https://www.alexiscamilleartwork.com/
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alexiscamilleartwork/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/acamilleartwork
- Other: Tik Tok: ac_paints
Photo with graffiti: Dan Flores @Skykidone; Three beer cans: Craft Beer Kings @craftbeerkings