When Stacie pitched the concept of a dove, we all knew it had to be Alex Cole. We wanted to take the dove, which represents peace, love and of course the Holy Spirit, and bring a new level of artistry to the well known image. Alex was able to exceed even the highest of expectations. She created two images, the mirrored dove which you can see on both the tee and the dress, and a raw water colored dove, on our black tee. In addition to her brilliance as an artist, Alex embodies all the values that we cherish here at CG. She is full of grace, love, and has a big and forgiving heart. Working with an artist has never been so effortless, and we couldn't be more proud or excited to have her in our CG family. She is also one of the coolest people I have ever known. We hope you enjoy our Q & A with the one and only, Alex Cole.
Photo by Sarah Deragon
What is the biggest challenge you have ever faced in your professional career?
Balancing work and family and being okay with the ebb and flow.
What is the most powerful piece of art you have created. Why?
I think my first series of paintings in college during an independent study course was the most powerful and impactful for me. Not because of the subject matter or the imagery but because of the process. I created a body of work without any instruction and painted in a way I had never painted before. In this series I found the joy I had for painting and mixed media because I was creating for me and exploring, learning about the materials and finding so much joy in new found material. Because of this profound moment I have continued to paint 20 years later.
Going back to Art History 101, what is your favorite art movement and why?
I don’t really have a favorite there are paintings in almost every era that I can appreciate and love. Like Vermeers exquisite use of light in the Baroque Era, Picassos figures in the Cubist period, Winslow Homer beautiful watercolors in the Realism era, all the way to Wayne Thiebaud’s modern style of San Franscico cityscapes.
What music do you like to listen to when you paint?
I like lots of different styles of music as I do eras of art. If I need to paint fast and expressive I tend to listen to Brazilian music, Flamenco Guitar or artists like Manu Chao. For focus more singer songwriter style like Brett Dennen, Milky Chance or Matt Simons.
Photo by Sarah Deragon
Does art ever make you feel more spiritual? If so, how.
Yes it does, when I create, it is almost a form of meditation, my world slips away and I gain clarity, focus and joy.
What was your process when creating each of the Dove pieces. Was it different knowing that they would be representing more than a bird, and the Holy Spirit?
I did two different styles realistic and expressive. The expressive one I used paint which is the main medium I use in my own art. I wanted the feeling of movement and freedom. My process was slightly different as I was working on paper instead of canvas and using just one material. Yes, knowing that the bird is a representation of freedom and peace I created the bird in flight wings spread.
The second bird I created using pencil and paper, I wanted to capture the detail of the dove and make the wings once again the predominent focus.
What is the best thing about your profession? And what is the most challenging?
The best thing about my profession is that I love it and that I can continually change, explore, evolve and discover as I create. I also love to share the joy I have when I create so I teach as well . I teach how to become fearless and help others find the joy in the process without worrying about the end result. The most challenging is the business of art.