During my first semester at Mass Art I painted in acrylic. This lovely example of not having a single clue, on the left, was painted from a black and white photo I took on my first cross-country trip, the August just before school started. This was my introduction to the Pacific Ocean.
We received minimal instruction at school, just go ahead and paint. So I did. The middle painting was my first ever oil, painted during my second semester. Now this was the stuff! Oil has been my primary medium ever since. I had found a random photo of Shiprock in a magazine. I hadn’t even thought about New Mexico at this point in my life. Little did I know what was to come. The bottom left piece was painted after my second cross-country trip, during the winter break in my sophomore year. I had been staring at snow across the plains from a bus. The last two paintings, I think I had just given up with being so lost with the models, and decided to paint the structures in the room instead.
The third painting, top right, is my first self-portrait at the ripe old age of nineteen. I dropped out of art college after two full years of not being a very good student. Then I moved to New Mexico in 1978. I didn’t paint for a year..
Above Left: Northwest Coast, © Alexandria Levin, 1976 – acrylic on canvas, (size unrecorded)
Above Center: Shiprock, © Alexandria Levin, 1977 – oil on canvas, (size unrecorded)(private collection)
Above Right: Self-Portrait, Mass Art, © Alexandria Levin, 1977 – oil on canvas, (size unrecorded)
Above Left: Untitled Snowscape, © Alexandria Levin, 1978 – oil on canvas, (size unrecorded)(private collection)
Above Center: Mass Art Pipe, © Alexandria Levin, 1978 – oil on canvas, (size unrecorded)
Above Right: Mass Art Post, © Alexandria Levin, 1978 – oil on canvas, (size unrecorded)