I was born in St. Augustine, Florida, and spent a number of years in Charleston, S.C. as well as a few other places. Living in such beautiful, historic cities as St. Augustine and Charleston have really increased my appreciation for all things art related. As a child receiving art supplies was always one of the best gifts anyone could give me! After spending 10 plus years in the administrative field and wishing I could escape, I was finally able to direct more of my attention to art after moving to Lake City in 1986. Since 2014 I have lived in Spring City, TN which is full of beauty all around the entire state. The move created a lot of distraction from being able to paint but I'm now hoping to get back into it.
My education comes from reading and studying numerous books by many successful artists, visiting museums and shows and a LOT of practice and experimentation.
My earliest works are focused on landscapes in oil or acrylic in a fairly realistic style. I find much inspiration in views from my own property located across from a farm or trips to the mountains and seashore and I continue to develop my landscape series through new experiences.
Venturing into the more abstract mixed-media, I recently began creating a loose colorful and highly textured body of work that I find unique, extremely enjoyable and I feel I've achieved success in this. The many colors in the layers and transparent areas are visible among the many textures and painterly shapes of these depth-filled works. My experimentation contributes to my enthusiasm and never-ending discovery of inspiration in surprising places. For me, my creativity is kept alive by being able to try many things - different subject matter and mediums and working in both the realistic and the abstract. Color and texture and the wonderful effects they achieve in combination with light and form are what I feel my work is about.
My paintings are in collections around the United States as well as Canada and England.
Alexis Baranek joined Fine Art America on June 15th, 2009.