Photo by Portraits To The People

Photo by Portraits To The People

Meet Alex

Alex Cole is a mixed media painter born in Bronxville, New York in 1972. She spent her early childhood years in Spain and France and then moved to Darien, Connecticut where she graduated high school in 1991. Coming from an art rich background, Alex was fortunate to have creative parents who recognized her talents at an early age and encouraged her to pursue her passion.

Alex went on to study Fine Arts at the Maryland Institute College of Art, in Baltimore, Maryland. After graduating in 1995, she began to exhibit her work at various galleries and art spaces on the East Coast.

In 1997, she moved to Sonoma, CA and focused her career on art administration and teaching at the Sonoma Community Center. She then became the Fine Arts Program Director until 2003.

During her time at the Community Center, she also became the City of Sonoma’s Cultural Fine Arts Commissioner for two years during that time she created connections with the Mexican Consulate and the Sonoma Sister Cities, established public art awareness, and awarded art scholarships to graduating high school students.

Alex Coles’ subject matter ranges from landscapes to abstracts. She keeps a consistency in her work with her strong understanding of color and layers. Playing with the grid composition, she balances pattern, color, and imagery to create beautifully layered and textural paintings. Her work shows the joy she has for her craft.

Alex has been a professional painter for over 20 years. Raising her two children, Phoebe and Finn, in the Sonoma Valley, she has exhibited her work at various Northern California art festivals and art spaces. She has done poster art for Sonoma Valley Jazz Fest, the Sonoma Olive Festival, and Sonoma Community Center Fourth of July. 

Her work has also been exhibited at The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort and Spa, Haus Boutique, The Rustic Bakery, The Loop and Gracie Lawrence Gallery, and more. Alex has also done commission work for Foster Farms, MacArthur Place Inn and Spa, Fletcher Rhodes Design, and countless private collectors. Commissions are available upon request.