Darlene Alexander BIO
Ever since I can remember I have frequented, appreciated and been inspired by artists in galleries, studios and museums locally and abroad. From the Santa Cruz open studios, Los Angels Getty, New York Frescos, workshops in the south of France and touring other European countries; I am continually learning and growing as an artist. I credit my Mom, Theresa Hartman, for imparting to me an incredible passion for art. The first Gallery we went to, outside my hometown of Vacaville, was the Jessel Gallery in Napa. It is not only still open but thriving today.
Darlene would spend all day playing with clay if time allowed but some other favorite mediums include wet and dry fresco, pastels, charcoal, pen and ink, watercolor pencil, acrylic sometimes with salt and coffee grounds added, oil painting, inktense, collage and other multi media works.
Since 2006, Darlene has been building and running the Alex Paints business, specializing in custom fine art, murals and portraits. Art-4-Fun…Enthusiastic Teaching creates Enthusiastic Learning, has been in the forefront since 2011. Continuing on the same path, most recently she is the Art Instructor at Holy Spirit Parochial School in Fairfield, Ca. Teaching “the littles” (Kinders) through eighth graders to embrace their magical abilities through art while instilling the many blessings available to us all when we hold the Holy Spirit close.
• Winters High School Graduate, Winters, CA
• LaJolla Academy Advertising Arts Graduate with Certification, LaJolla, CA
• BauMac Advertising, designed, illustrated, composed layouts for media presentation including television, Vacaville, CA
• Studied architecture, Baroque and Rococo Style Churches, toured cathedrals, and castles, Europe
• Solano Community College Graduate, Fine Art Associates degree in Ceramics, figurative sculpture Suisun, CA and Fine Art Associates degree in Painting and Drawing, Suisun, CA
• Orthodontic Business Manager, Dr. Anthony Marino, Vacaville and Fairfield, CA
• Neurological Surgical Office, Dr. Mary Mancini, Administrator, Vacaville and Fairfield, CA
• Studied Metzo Fresco and Secco Fresco, New York
• Payroll Administrator, Sugar Workers Union, C&H Sugar, Crocket, CA
• Studied pastel and multi media, France
• Established Alex Paints business, Custom Fine Art, Murals, Portraits, Benicia, CA
• Studied old world egg tempera, acrylic, oil, charcoal, pen and ink, as well as, water color, Santa Cruz, CA
• Lunch Goddess and First Grade Teachers Aide St. Dominic School, Benicia, CA
• Currently teaching Art-4-Fun, St. Dominic, Benicia and St. Vincent Ferrer, Vallejo, CA
• Currently, Art Instructor, Holy Spirit school, Fairfield, CA