Born in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Alexandra Becker-Black has been creating art all of her life. Formally trained in illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design, Alexandra’s relationship with watercolors started with an odd step when she was forced to choose a new medium after developing an allergic reaction to oil paints. Within weeks of first painting with watercolors, Alexandra found her new medium and her voice. Years later, the majority of her technique is still self-taught through her natural exploration of the medium and its applications. Alexandra lives in Portland, Oregon where she enjoys the city’s great food, beautiful scenery, and relaxed culture. She is a member of the Falcon Art Community, and when not in her studio, she can be found practicing yoga.
Bradley Platz’ traditional oil paintings address the increasingly complex issues of permanence in the modern age. With a nod to the classical subject manner, the marble statues represent a timeless, yet forgotten beauty—a silent reminder of our mortality and the passing of time. The environments that these stolid statues inhabit range from the empty softness of raw linen and atmospheric perspective, to recent work depicting the over-development and deconstruction of place—and space—on the edge of continent and future.