As a child Alex and her family left Poland in order to escape communism. After a challenging journey through various countries, they settled in Rome, Italy where she discovered her passion for art, aesthetic and balanced design, and bold color. While living in Rome, Alex would spend endless hours walking through historic churches and museums admiring frescoes and masterpieces of the renaissance artists. Being immersed in art all around, she was inspired to create art of her own. Her passion for art followed Alex to Canada, where she fell in love with watercolors and discovered collage. While experimenting with different watercolor techniques, colors, and shapes, she begun establishing her individual style while making illustrations for children’s books. Alex also finished her undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto. When visiting the U.S. for the first time and going to the Smithsonian museum, she came across a quilt exhibit that inspired her to develop a new technique; combining bold colors, incorporating unique patterns to create texture, and then adding whimsical shapes for an ethereal effect. Different from anything else she has done before, this became her favorite signature style. Alex has illustrated Phoebe’s World, written by Pam Yielding, a book for younger readers. She has also been published in the Toronto Star’s kids section and exhibited her work in Toronto City Hall. Alex also earned her Master’s Degree from Marymount University in Northern Virginia where she lives with her family. The joy and love of her daughters is the inspiration for her most recent artwork.
Collage, Gouache, Line with Color, Pen & Ink, Tempera, Watercolor, Whimsical
Children, Children's Books, Children's Products, Landscape, Nature, People, Youth