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Hi, I'm Alexandria Sandlin aka Cherrybones but mostly I go by Alex. I am a full time artist living and working in Seattle Washington. My artwork fits in the Pop Surrealist / Urban Contemporary genres. I mostly paint big eyed girls and surreal, fairy tale themes. I love to use lots of bright color but I also work in a muted palette from time to time. It depends on the piece I am working on and the mood I'm trying to set. I enjoy using subtlety in my work to draw the viewer into the piece with a seemingly sweet scene but on closer inspection you see strange or sinister things. I paint mainly with acrylic paint on canvas, wood or clay board panels. Now and again I will use watercolor, pencil, ink or some other medium.
I am a self taught artist and I have been exhibiting and selling my work since around 2003 if my memory serves me. I'm terrible with names and dates! Thanks to the internet and some of the galleries I work with my art is collected worldwide. I have been published in several books, most notably Big Eye Art Resurrected And Transformed by Toni Boozer AKA Blonde Blythe!
A little about me:
I like to paint and I like to draw. My husband plays with electricity. We have a mellow Chihuahua named Sunflower. We have two old cats named Jasmine and Sylvester. We also have a new kitten that I found in the yard, her name is Mogwai and she is crazy! We live in a tiny old doll house on top of a hill in south Seattle.
(RIP Chiquita Bonita Sandlin, I love you forever)
Here are some unimportant things you might want to know about me:
My favorite color is lime green and my favorite number is 5.
Favorite foods: vegetables, fruits, creatures that live in the water(no octopus or squid though), spicy foods
Un-favorite foods: almost all mushrooms but especially portabella, beef, chicken fat and skin gross!
Favorite drinks: water, tea, tequila
Music: just about anything that isn't country although I love Dolly Parton
I love to watch birds walking around on the ground, it cracks me up!
Im very shy, I don't really like sleeping, someday I want to live somewhere warm and sunny, I love Harry Potter and Star Trek, I collect dead bugs and other things like stones and plant skeletons. I love gardening and Bikram Yoga. I am awful with names, if you meet me it will take me forever to remember your name. Please don't be offended, I couldn't even remember my husbands full name for like a year when we first started dating.
Me and my art in the big eye book!
Jasmine sleeping in the space bed..
Baby Momo, her devil horns are hiding behind her ears..