About My Art Journey
Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time. – Thomas Merton
Welcome artists! I am so happy that you are here. Thank you for taking this exciting artistic journey with me.
I’m Alexis Bonavitacola ~ an artist, teacher, entrepreneur, and passionate human being dedicated to leading a purposeful life. I specialize in abstract art, especially the energy, motion, and flow of alcohol inks.
I have 20 years as an educator, hold a Ph.D in education, love teaching students of all levels, and taking my art to new levels. I believe in the value of sharing our talents and giving back to inspire others to grow.
I adore alcohol inks. If you are here with me, you love them as well as I do or you want to learn more about how to learn to go with the flow.
I desire to create art that feels unbridled and free. My work captures energy, movement, and flow.
My creations celebrate my natural curiosity. I love layering and blending colors and mixing mediums creating magical experiences with my art. I specialize in abstract art whether I am painting in alcohol inks, encaustic wax, acrylics, watercolors, mixed media, or digital mediums. I want my art to create a sense of wonder.
I welcome and invite you on my journey.
“Magic Carpet Ride”
You have been a huge inspiration to me, personally as well as artistically! Your courage, honesty, openness about your journey, as well as your great creative talent and personal integrity will continue to inspire me as I continue my own journey.
About my Artistry
I’m a South Philly girl in spirit and heart. This brings with it a moxie and attitude that always keeps me attached to my fabulous Italian roots. It makes me fearless!
I’d like to say that I am a self-taught artist. But, while I have not had what many would consider “formal art school training”, I learned from one of the best alcohol ink artists today, Karen Walker. Her thoughtful mentoring and creation of an online learning community brought together other alcohol ink artists, such as Tommy McDonell, June Rollins, and other pioneers as they ventured into unchartered territory. They generously shared their musings and insights about alcohol inks with other artists who were also willing to take risks with this misunderstood medium.
Often, the first question someone asks me after looking at one of my paintings is, “Is that watercolor?” Sort of, but not really. It’s alcohol – not water. Of course, this leads to more questions.
A little his herstory about how I got started. I am a teacher first and foremost. My days are spent in the glorious company of children in elementary schools. I also have the honor of working along side some of the most AMAZING teachers who give their all every day to make a difference in the life of a child. I’ve been a teacher, coach, assistant principal, consultant, principal, and curriculum supervisor within elementary and middle schools in New Jersey, California, and New York City. I hold a Ph.D in Education and split my time between working in schools and creating inspiring art.
“Beauty and Flow”
Thank you Alexis Bonavitacola for helping me transition from someone who timidly dabbled in painting to a person who calls herself an artist and has sold 15 paintings in 2016!
Over the last few years, I’ve gained a wonderful following for my alcohol inks and have taught my art techniques to close to 400 students who joined my ecourses. Whether I play in abstraction, or create realistic animals, floral, or expressive landscapes, my work always highlights the beauty and flow of the inks. My art has been featured in Cathy Taylor’s, Pigments of Your Imagination, Creating with Alcohol Inks, Indie Soleil magazine (twice), and in a gallery showing at West Annapolis Artworks.
My Ecourse Facebook groups are thriving communities where artists never leave. I have students who have taken my class over a year ago who are still showing their art in my Facebook group. It is a thriving place where magic truly happens.
You can find my work on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, as well as my Twitter feed. I never, ever stop learning from other wonderful artists. Learning and growing feeds my soul.
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We don’t accomplish anything in this world alone… and whatever happens is the result of the whole tapestry of one’s life and all the weavings of individual threads from one to another that creates something. Sandra Day O’Connor
Personal Thoughts, Sharing My Inner Heart and Soul
Things I’m Inspired By
My mom and dad’s work ethic
Virtual artistic communities
Social media as a form of connection and learning
Listening to other perspectives
People who say, “I’ve never thought of it that way”
The unconditional love of my husband, children, and family
Things I Keep Near to Me When I Paint
Gloves to protect my hands from the inks
Fabulous playlists on my IPhone
Pictures of my grandchildren, Ella and Finn
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. – Marcel Proust
You brought me back to my art career that I had dropped 12 years ago to care for aging parents and I have sold six paintings in the last couple of months! Four of those paintings were alcohol inks that I did as a result of your classes! Just think…I am only one person you have touched! If we all wrote down how you have touched our lives, what an eye-opening story it would make. You are a dynamo that never seems to run down and you have accomplished this year more than I can even comprehend!
Alcohol inks remind me of what it must feel like riding a magic carpet ride – gliding over beautiful vistas, not knowing where you are going, but knowing that you are experiencing something really special and unique – Alexis Bonavitacola