Alexa's work

" My adventures have nurtured my love of nature "
" I'm always looking forward to my next adventure! "

What is the most intense outdoor adventure you've experienced?

Last summer I went a little crazy and decided to do 120 miles of the Colorado Trail by myself, despite never having thru-hiked before. I’d been backpacking plenty of times, but always with a group and never for more than a couple days. That week and a half in the …

Last summer I went a little crazy and decided to do 120 miles of the Colorado Trail by myself, despite never having thru-hiked before. I’d been backpacking plenty of times, but always with a group and never for more than a couple days. That week and a half in the woods was easily the most difficult, terrifying, and rewarding experience I’ve ever had. I walked through thunderstorms and an untold number of aches and pains, but I came out the other side stronger than I ever could have possibly imagined, mentally and physically.

How does nature and/or outdoor adventuring inspire your art?

Nature inspires all my work. I grew up in Florida painting the ocean and when I moved to Colorado, my vision shifted to mountain scapes. When I was in college, I got a degree in Environmental Science but I kept painting on the side, using what I’d learned to fuel …

Nature inspires all my work. I grew up in Florida painting the ocean and when I moved to Colorado, my vision shifted to mountain scapes. When I was in college, I got a degree in Environmental Science but I kept painting on the side, using what I’d learned to fuel my passion for art and preservation of  the wild places around us that are slowly diminishing. I became more observant of my surroundings and impact, and with this painting has become a perfect outlet for environmental outreach. I hope that my work touches others in this way and inspires people to protect the natural beauty around them!

Are there any nature enthusiasts/outdoor adventurists that particularly inspire you?

There are so many! I’d have to say Jeremy Jones is one of my biggest inspirations–I’ve been watching his movie for years, and all the work he does with Protect our Winters gives me hope for the future of sustainability and environmental protection in the US.

There are so many! I’d have to say Jeremy Jones is one of my biggest inspirations–I’ve been watching his movie for years, and all the work he does with Protect our Winters gives me hope for the future of sustainability and environmental protection in the US.

What music accompanies you outdoors?

I usually don’t bring music with me. I love the sounds of nature and find immense peace disconnecting from technology in the backcountry. I do like to listen to music when I’m skiing, though, so if I had to pick I’d say Emancipator is my go-to for powder days, and …

I usually don’t bring music with me. I love the sounds of nature and find immense peace disconnecting from technology in the backcountry. I do like to listen to music when I’m skiing, though, so if I had to pick I’d say Emancipator is my go-to for powder days, and Phish is my go-to for sunny friend days!

Favorite meal to eat in the backcountry?

Snickers. And BBQ fritos. Do those count as meals? Probably not but I’m going to count them.

Snickers. And BBQ fritos. Do those count as meals? Probably not but I’m going to count them.

What is your most prized piece of gear?

My crocs! I’ve gone through several pairs of hiking boots in the past couple of years that have all left me with blisters and crazy foot pain. When I hiked the Colorado Trail, I actually threw away my boots after 3 days and hiked the last 70 or so miles …

My crocs! I’ve gone through several pairs of hiking boots in the past couple of years that have all left me with blisters and crazy foot pain. When I hiked the Colorado Trail, I actually threw away my boots after 3 days and hiked the last 70 or so miles in Crocs until I was able to find a store that sold trail runners. This particular pair of navy blue Crocs have gone with me to Canada, Iceland, all over the PNW, and on countless trips around Colorado.

What is your favorite place to get outside?

Right now my favorite place to explore is Indian Peaks Wilderness area. I tend to avoid national parks because they’re crowded on weekends and don’t allow dogs, and hiking with my pup is the best! Indian Peaks is close to Denver but parts of it are just far enough away …

Right now my favorite place to explore is Indian Peaks Wilderness area. I tend to avoid national parks because they’re crowded on weekends and don’t allow dogs, and hiking with my pup is the best! Indian Peaks is close to Denver but parts of it are just far enough away that it’s easy to avoid weekend crowds. There are so many hidden gems to be found in this area–I’m constantly discovering new places to backpack and camp!

If you had to choose: While out and about in nature, would you rather have?

Wine or chocolate?
Beer!
Best friend or favorite shoes?
Best friend!
Chapstick or blister tape?
Chapstick always! I never leave home without a tube!

Wine or chocolate?

Beer!

Best friend or favorite shoes?

Best friend!

Chapstick or blister tape?

Chapstick always! I never leave home without a tube!