High Artist Spotlight: Alexis Moulds

Alexis has always been pulled towards visual art, drawing and painting in particular. Coming from a creative family on both sides, art kind of chose her. The combination of moving a lot in her youth (due to her dad's job) and being an only child until she was 12 gave Alexis a lot of alone time to express herself using art. It has definitely taken over her life and she wouldn't have it any other way. She creates work which is inspired by the natural world, animals, and music. Illustration rules her world but she sprinkles in fine art when she can, as this was the foundation of her creative journey. At the moment, Alexis is focusing on gig posters for musicians and plans to dip her toes in to screen printing in the near future.
We recently caught up with Alexis after High Art 2023 to learn more about her most recent inspirations:

Where do you find your creative inspiration?

The love and innocence of animals, musicians and their ability to write moving lyrics and songs.

Why do you do what you do?

It's almost an addiction. I have to create every day. I'm miserable if I'm doing anything else. I know, I've tried for many years. I always return to art.

What art/artist do you most identify with?

I definitely most identify with graphic art, crisp, expressive outlines, grainy textures, a "lived in" look.

What themes do you pursue the most?

Portraits, animals, music, lyrics

What role does an artist have in society?

Society needs the creative arts. It's not a wasted pursuit. I believe it keeps balance in society, especially nowadays. We need to be reminded of the pureness in creating from the soul.

What is your artistic outlook on life?

Looking at and creating art can make your more self-aware which can change your outlook on life to be more positive. A positive outlook makes a huge difference in your daily life, which also affects those who you interact with. A pretty amazing chain reaction can occur and you never know who's life you may alter in a magnificent way. I believe art brings people together, awakening the collective consciousness. Without realizing it, to create is a selfless act.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Don't doubt yourself. Find out who you are, know yourself, then stand up for yourself. Keep an open mind, let things affect you, good and bad. If art is your calling, jump in fully. It's a lot of work but the reward is you'll be in the right skin, which is exactly what life is about.

Do you listen to music while you are creating? If yes, share the song and artist that you listen to while creating art.

Yes! Always. 3 of my favorites:
Damien Jurado - Shape of a Storm
My Morning Jacket - Penny For Your Thoughts
Junip - In Every Direction

What's the best thing about being an artist?

Doing what I know I'm supposed to be doing is the best thing about being an artist. I'm totally in my own skin.

What is your dream project?

A gig poster for Damien Jurado would be pretty nifty.