Today we’d like to introduce you to Alexis Pike.
Hi Alexis, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
When I was 6 months old, I recovered from meningitis but, wasn’t able to speak very well vocally. My mom presented me with sidewalk chalk and crayons even a chalkboard when I was 1 and taught me how to draw and write. That’s when I got inspired by art. So beyond my years, I’ve always drawn in sketchbooks and painted. Also taken art classes in school to learn more skills. I, also self-taught myself many methods and art materials with art supplies.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
When I was learning art in school and self-taught. I found out I have learning intellectual disabilities. But it never stopped me to learn art from a different perspective. My struggle to become an artist is of course financially and to present myself that I’m a local artist here in Utah. There have been times when I was depressed. Also prolonged grief disorder. But art has helped me through those struggles in every aspect. I put my emotions through and into art by expressing my emotions and feelings. So far things are slowly but surely working their way to pursue my artistic dreams.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
What I’m most proud of is when I was in 4th grade I won a local art contest for Arbor Day. A tree was planted in my name with a plaque at a local park here in Utah. When I was in 9th grade I received a presidential award for outstanding academic achievement that is signed by President Barack Obama. Last but not least, I graduated high school in 2016. Due to my disabilities, I am not employed and help my mom and dad around the house and work on all of my different art projects.
Is there something surprising that you feel even people who know you might not know about?
The one thing that everybody doesn’t know is most of the artwork I have done, is some of them are dreams I’ve had that seemed very creative to me. To bring out my creative side. I also love to travel to the states. I’ve been to Montana, Colorado, Idaho, Wyoming, and South Dakota. I love to be adventurous even going camping to enjoy the mountains and nature. I at times like to be poetic and write poetry. There have been times I dreamt to have a career to be an author and Illustrator, to bring my art and poetry into a book. I like scrapbooking at times to share fun memories.
- Raibow demon sticker $1.00
- Eyes and nose sticker $5.00
- Drawings $10-$20 depending on size
- Paintings $50-$125
Artworks by Alexis Pike
Photography by Abigail Gean