Creativity Series: Artist Alixandra Martin
Alix Martin is a Buffalo-based artist whose vibrant paintings have been shown in galleries from New York to Toronto to Key West. The energy of her work, teeming with life and color, is infectious and unmistakable once experienced. The author of an award-winning children’s book, “The Scariest Dream Ever,” Alix works out of her studio, redFISH Art Studios and Gallery, in East Aurora, New York. We chat with Alix about inspiration in the newest installation of the Clubhaus Creativity Series.
Describe your creative process. What is your general philosophy about making art?
Art is just a voice. I don’t really think about the end result as much as just creating with an openness and with the same instinct as you would speak or write. A compilation of ideas and experiences. “If I could say it in words, there would be no reason to paint.” I think Hopper said that.
An artist’s literal process varies, I guess. I let a build of time and life happen, and then spend weeks in the studio just putting it to canvas.
What’s something in art that has you excited at the moment? (And what doesn’t?)
Something exciting about art at this point in my life is that you struggle less with the direction you hope to go in or achieve. You focus more on how lucky you are to be doing what you love, and making work that you have grown into over the years. What’s not exciting is the business of art.
What do you consider as the moment you grew up?
I was on my own from a young age, so “being a grown up” in the respect of responsibilities—forever. Still working the rest out.
In 2025, you’d like to be…
In 10 years, I hope to be traveling for larger amounts of time, to further places, and return to a more hopeful and evolved country with each trip.
What is your greatest fear?
A question I don’t really know how to answer openly without vulnerability.
What artists inspire you? Where do you find inspiration for your work?
Emerson said, “In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine.” The idea of this inspires me. Often writers inspire me most.
You painting tends to focus largely on female subjects. What does womanhood mean to you as an artist, and how has your artistic exploration of it informed your own sense of identity?
I was raised by my mother and grandmother, and when they passed, by my four aunts. The collective voices of these remarkable women have shaped my views and informed my art. I am now raising two of the strongest, most convicted, intelligent, and incredible young women I’ve known. It would be impossible to not embrace the female strength, courage, and resilience in my art. It’s far too prevalent and inspiring.
What’s your favorite piece of your own work? Why?
My travel sketchbooks. I am the least critical with them, and they hold the most raw moments.
What would be a dream project for you?
A massive scaled painting that I could stretch out and work on for years, with no rush or intention to show.
Alixandra Martin is an artist living in East Aurora, New York. Find more of her work here.