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Meet Alex Bauwens

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alex Bauwens.

Alex, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I started riding and painting when I was three years old. I sold my first drawing of a horse at the barn when I was six. To supplement my “artist income” I also made and sold horse treats at the local horse shows. I think it was always a given that I would be an equestrian artist!

It turned out that college wasn’t for me since I really wanted to immerse myself in the art world. So, I withdrew and entered a three-year atelier program, followed by a three-year fine art apprenticeship.

Now, I am happily settled into an art studio in Carefree, and a barn in Scottsdale – living the life I had always dreamed of, in the place I always knew was home.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I like to think that nothing happens to us and that everything happens as a learning opportunity for us.

Growing up as a super awkward kid (really, see if you can spot me on!) gave me a lot of time to focus on my relationship with horses, ultimately making me a better rider and painter.

Moving to Arizona from Chicago was a dream I had since I visited the area as a child. This long journey finally leads me to exactly the right place to develop my art and my life in a community I love.

Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I am a fine artist specializing in realistic oil paintings of animals and people. I am most known for my commissions that have been shown in museums worldwide, and my horseback archery and equestrian social media channels.

I am most proud of being able to capture a special moment forever in my work and building collaborations and friendships with my clients.

Do you feel luck has played a role in your life?
I have definitely had a few “happy accidents” throughout my life. Recently, having fallen off of a horse and gaining a new perspective from the ground resulted in a painting I would have never conceived otherwise.

I’ve also been really lucky to meet some super inspiring people in the art and equestrian worlds via my Instagram page, @alex_bauwens!

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Image Credit:
Vanessa Hughes, Brandon Tigrett, Bryan Black

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