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Meet Alexis Sones

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alexis Sones.

Hi Alexis, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I always love a good story so I’ll begin with one here!

On October 1st, 2018, my entire world turned upside down. I walked into a crystal store that used to be on the corner of Lincoln and Broadway, held some rocks, and experienced a miracle. After 25 years of wearing glasses and/or contact lenses, my vision totally healed. I haven’t worn glasses or contacts in nearly four years.

As a painter, my ability to see is particularly important in my life. Yet perhaps the most interesting part of healing my eyesight has been the cultivation of inner vision. My paintings have taken drastic turns and evolutions after personal breakthroughs aided by my mentor Dominique Sire and practices of “un-colonizing my imagination,” to use Martin Shaw’s phrase.

My relationship with painting is best encapsulated by the following poem I wrote in 2021:

Painting creates

a stillness in me

that I’m continually searching for

in my life as a woman.

Where

I can be falling off a Glass Mountain

(that might have taken years to climb)

and feel

at once

all the imaginary creatures from the deep

(the place where colors are born – from darkness)

and know exactly where to land

(without pushing, without hesitation)

so that each mark, every stroke

knows in her bones

the rich and perpetual relationship

in which she belongs.

I’m still searching for that stillness. I’ll let you know it goes.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?

All the challenges I’ve had in my work life were necessary, but nowhere close to easy and smooth! Any obstacle that comes up feels deeply personal, and I think this happens to get my attention so I really make a change.  It’s always fascinating to me to look back on each difficult experience and see how it was so important to help me grow as human being. 

Along with being an artist, I’m an entrepreneur and music manager. I recently had to close one of my businesses. It was extremely hard, but one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. The lessons I learned from this particular experience have informed all areas of my life, not just my work life. I’ve recently realized I’m learning how to be a strong negotiator! And this is a skill required by all my personal relationships as well. 

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I think the unique combination of what I do is what sets me apart. As my college professor Amer Kobaslija said to me, I’m a “hardcore painter”!  I’m also the manager for LA band Night Talks, and I’m lucky that along with taking care of all my day to day managerial duties, I get to be a creative collaborator with the band. I make their album art, merch designs, and all the props for their music videos. I give so much credit to being an athlete – I was a college basketball player – to being able to handle my day to day life with discipline, determination and enthusiasm no matter what challenge is thrown my way.

What do you like and dislike about the city?
I’m an LA native – born and raised. I love the food, the weather, the people, the emphasis on health and fitness, and how you can always find your people if you look hard enough and are patient enough. I wish the neighborhoods here were more community-oriented, more like little villages, but that’s hard to find.

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All photos taken by Stephanie Kropp

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