About the Artist
Hello! I hail from the land of roller coasters and surfer dudes--the best city on the best coast--Santa Cruz, CA! You can usually find me ogling vintage typography, sneaking sour gummy candies, or color-coding my fine paper collection. I discovered a passion for paper art nearly 15 years ago and haven't been without an X-acto knife since.
Alexa is the owner of Whimsy Spot and Alexa Shoemaker Design. She lives in northern California with her husband, son, and two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Plato and Brutus.
About the Work
The natural world has held an interest for me my whole life. I grew up among the redwoods where there were constant encounters with blue jays, raccoons, deer and even the occasional coyote. In addition, my sister is an underwater photographer, and her beautiful images of manta rays, nudibranchs, whales, sharks, and all kinds of tropical fish have always been an inspiration. It has always seemed to me that not only do individual animals have their own personalities, but that they have, as a species, characteristics that could be expressed in an artistic way. I try to place animals into humorous situations that play off those innate traits. My greeting cards--with simple silhouettes of creatures and objects that already exhibit magnificent color variations--are expressed in the beautiful patterns of fine papers.