Meet our instructors: Alex Zonis

 Alex sketching in Architectural Artifacts profile 2-15-2014

Alex always wanted to draw and paint, but thought she couldn’t because she lacked “talent”. Instead she got a degree in mathematics and worked in IT for 20+ years.

Because she just wanted to make art Alex started making beaded tapestries woven on a loom. Her tapestries were shown in galleries nation-wide, including SOFA Chicago and New York.

In 2009 she threw the idea about “talent” to the wind and started drawing in graphite. A year later she picked up watercolor, a year after that – oil. Today Alex is a professional painter and a painting instructor. She teaches Indirect Oil Painting technique and Flemish painting method in her studio in Chicago. She offers a similar oil painting course online via Skype for long distance students. 

More of Alex’s work on her blog AlexandraZonis.com and web gallery Alex Zonis on DailyPaintworks.

Alex will be teaching Workshop 5:  Taking Guesswork out of your Color Work on Sunday morning. On Sunday afternoon she will lead Workshop 8:  Sketching as a Team Sport  together with Don Colley.

Some of Alex’s sketches:

Alex discovered Urban Sketching in 2009. For three years she sketched alone and waited for someone to start Urban Sketchers Chicago so she could join it. In 2012 – tired of waiting – she started USk Chicago chapter.

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