My philosophy of art embraces the classical approach by establishing a foundation of basics through directed discovery. The basics remain true while striving for a new expression. It is only the medium that changes. Artistic imagination is not going from subject to subject, nor is it creating just any kind of shape, but that of giving new form to old content. I believe this to be true to all disciplines. I realize that whatever a subject becomes to the public depend to some degree upon the level of skill exhibited in the art form. This is the challenge in the design process, choosing just the right example that will stimulate the viewer’s independent thought. Included in the process is the developing of abilities of intellectual curiosity and dexterity in a medium. Other wise projects produced become exercises in futility. The long-range goal is seeing evidence that the viewer is able assess the importance art is in their life. Creativity is in the effort whether it succeeds or fails, but the only door to sophisticated concepts is creative effort and self-generated revelation.
Don Alexander taught at the university level for 32 years retiring in 2000. He has worked in areas of graphic design, architectural rendering, stage design, murals and sculpture. He has won competitive commissions from SRAC’s “Call to Artist” in areas such as two Banner Designs, three Bus Designs, four Mural Designs: La. Tourist Building, Holiday Innn Rose, Philadelphia Center and painted Tama Nathan’s mural design on the Times, Building, and Mardi Gras Jester in Bossier City.
He has been active in Artbreak with projects for the kids such as Totems, Morie ‘ Patterns, Art for the Blind, and paper Air Planes. Also Christmas in the Sky, various community work shops, Multi-Sensory Art Program, Air Brush, Painting, Drawing Children’s Art Clinics.