Artist Spotlight: Alexandra Newton
Posted on 01 December 2017
Guest post by Alexandra Newton
Art and wildlife were a huge part of my upbringing on the Georgia coast - I was a creative earth spirit from the start. Teachers told my parents that I liked to "follow the beat of my own drum" -- running barefoot down the beach chasing seagulls and collecting bugs were a only a few of my little nature girl hobbies.
I am honored to have graduated from University of Georgia’s Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. The classes I took involved walking through the forest, catching fish, and identifying any number of tracks, feathers, skulls, etc. I felt like I had finally found my “people”.
Throughout college, I continued to feed my artistic side through photography and painting in my small moments of free time. With a background as a wildlife/fisheries biologist, I feel like I can fully appreciate all aspects of the natural world I’m inspired by.
While growing up on St. Simons Island in the beautiful Golden Isles, I spent most of my days fishing with my dad, combing the beaches, and playing in the marsh.
Naturally, I draw inspiration from these places and the wildlife that live there. Besides the outward beauty of all flora and fauna, I am equally impressed by the beauty of the ecosystem – by the role that each animal or plant fulfills without even knowing it.