We had the good fortune of connecting with Alexis Camille and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alexis, what inspires you?
I feel so lucky in the ways I find inspiration as an artist; my creativity allows me to find it in ways not everyone can. Whether it be daily interactions with people in my life, trendy Instagram posts, or being out and about in town, I am constantly inspired. There are times where I have creative blocks, as I’m sure many other artists can attest to, and I find myself unable to relate to much of anything. However, in those moments I really enjoy being able to get out of my head and travel to seek inspiration. Sometimes, getting outside for a minute is all it takes, whether it be going to the beach, visiting new restaurants or exploring murals and street art in Southern California. My fun, bold and sassy style is based off of growing up in California and getting to experience all of the beauty it holds.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
The way I describe my art is fun, bold, and sassy. What sets me apart from other artists, is my diversity. I think it’s very common as an artist to stick to one particular type of art, whereas being a Graphic Designer my art is expanded a bit more. I do corporate branding, digital art and illustration as well as acrylic painting. I am most proud of the mural I painted in Santa Paula, CA. This piece in particular was really special to me. In 2019, a few Southern California artists were invited to fill the walls in Santa Paula with unique and symbolizing pieces. “Lemon Wings” is an interactive take on the city’s most popular and historical crop, lemons. This destination is now called “Artist’s Alley”, and is located on Main Street in Santa Paula, CA. Two years later, I still get tagged in photos of people posing in front of my mural and that brings me so much joy. I am currently really excited about a project I have been working on and looking forward to for years, and that is getting my designs on apparel. Working for an apparel company is one of my long-term career goals, and I look forward to being a part of the process that goes into creating designs and apparel that will inspire people to feel confident, bold, and unique in. Every kid is asked at a young age “What do you want to be when your grow up?” and above my desk, hanging in a frame is a piece of paper I filled out in the third grade, where I wrote that “When I grow up, I want to be an artist.” and here I am today, 27 years old living out my 8-year-old self’s dreams. In the fifth grade, I started practicing in performing arts and played the violin all the way up until college. When I was about 19 years old, I started to dabble in culinary arts, and that lead me to a position where I eventually became the lead sugar cookie decorator at Sugar Lab Bake Shop, a local bakery in my Ventura. I enjoyed that a lot because that is where I began to be able to put some of my designs and ideas “on paper”, but in this case on beautifully decorated sugar cookies. After gaining the experience I did at Sugar Lab, I wanted to expand my knowledge for design because I knew there was still more potential for growth, so I enrolled in a trade school for graphic design. During my time in school, I created a brand for myself: Alexis Camille Artwork, where I began to take the knowledge I was beginning to gain in school and create a business for myself. While maintaining my first self-made business, I landed my very first corporate job as a Junior Graphic Designer, and a year and a half into that job after my talents were growing and my knowledge expanded, I was promoted to graphic designer. Nothing about being where I am in my life, and in my artwork, I would say was “easy”, I’ve been rejected many times, and wanted to give up on several occasions. Getting to where you want to be in life, shouldn’t be easy, it should take hard work, effort, rejection, and lots of highs and lows. I am still not where I want to be in my career yet, but that’s the beauty of growing because you learn so much along the way and you eventually get to where you want to be and it’s a beautiful process. Having friends and family during the hard times of my career has definitely given me the motivation to push through and keep fighting for where I want to be in my life, and in my career. The biggest lesson that I’ve learned is that fear is essential as an artist, it means you are growing.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If I were to have a friend come and visit me in my hometown, there’s a huge list of places we’d have to check off. Ventura has a small little downtown area where there’s a variety of boutiques, thrift stores, restaurants, and breweries to visit. You can’t step into downtown without getting yourself a chai tea latte from the best coffee shop in town, Palermo. There is a lot of beautiful hikes, and viewpoints in Ventura that are a must see when taking your friends out to show them around. One of my favorite spots is The Cross, it’s a small drive up a hill that leads to the most incredible view of Ventura, from the cross you see all of downtown, the ocean, the pier, and all of Ventura’s beauty from one spot. If we are looking to cool down on a warm day, I’d absolutely take my friends to Concrete Jungle, it’s a local brewery in Ventura where I had the pleasure of designing a few of their signature beer cans! I can’t let my friends come visit, without taking them to my secret beach spot, it’s my go to place to drive to whenever I need to clear my head, but like I said that one we’re keeping a secret! About 30 minutes up the coast, you’ll find the beautiful town of Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara is always a go to whenever I have friends in town, it’s a cute little beach town like Ventura, but it’s bigger and has more attractions. State Street is the “main street” of Santa Barbara, there is a cute little neighborhood nearby called the Funk Zone, where you can visit wineries, breweries, cocktail bars, and more! My favorite art shop, Art Essentials is there, and even if you aren’t an artist you can’t help but fall in love with their store, it has so much to offer. The trip would not be complete with a little day trip to LA, I mean after all we are in Southern California, you can’t skip this part. First stop in LA, would be Santa Monica. The third street promenade is so much fun, tons of stores to shop at, lots of great eats, and overall, just a fun place to spend a few hours with your best friends. We can’t forget a quick bite on the Santa Monica pier, the pier is not only a super fun attraction, but the views are beautiful and the food you can’t beat! Our last, but not least final stop in our LA trip would be the Artist’s District in Downtown LA. The Artist’s District features a variety of talented artists, and the murals are a must see! Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I couldn’t possibly narrow it down to one person, because truth is, I would be nowhere without my family and friends. During those moments where I struggle to believe in myself and feel like my art isn’t good enough, they are always there to pick me up and remind me of who I am as a person and as an artist. Someone who I can’t possibly thank enough is my best friend and mentor Erica, she too is a Graphic Designer, she and I can relate on a level that I may not be able to with others in my life when it comes to my work. Erica has always been there for me when I need a sounding board or if I spend too much time analyzing my own work and I am there for her as well! If my designs begin to confuse me, she is always there to help me through it. I truly wouldn’t be where I am today without the crazy amount of love and support that I have in my life, my friends and family are my biggest fans and that means everything to me.
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