Kari-Lise Alexander

Kari-Lise Alexander

Kari-Lise Alexander is an oil painter from Seattle, Washington, USA. At a young age, Kari-Lise was always experimenting with paints, pencils, pastels and anything else she could get her hands on. In 2000, she studied fine art for two semesters but left college to pursue other interests. It wasn’t until spring of 2009 that her heart led her back to painting and she hasn’t stopped since. Her work is rooted in the old folklore of her Scandinavian heritage as well as inspired by her home in the Pacific Northwest. Her style captures both of these unique qualities and combines them to create surreal worlds and explore the common themes between the two. Kari-Lise’s work often reflects these worlds by the women, nature, and animals painted in them. Her work tends to leave the viewer feeling as if they are experiencing the same private moment in time as the subjects. Kari-Lise’s work has been in exhibited in both solo and group exhibitions and she is represented by local and international galleries. She lives and works in Seattle, WA with her husband, two poodles, and two rabbits.


This is a sample of her work
All images © Kari-Lise Alexander

In the inspirational short documentary that follows, Kari-Lise recounts her past and present struggles and shares what she’s learned along her journey.

The direction is by Scott R. Wilson, the cinematography by Scott R. Wilson and Mark George and the documentary is part of the Emergence series. Emergence is a brilliant series of short films that explore people who have found their truest passion, and how those passions enrich and mold their lives.


  1. Think I'm in love with her art...

  2. Kari-Lise: The level of expertise in your technique is impressive. Your characters are beautiful, fanciful sirens calling us in. I most especially like the work depicting the figure with the antlers on/for her head. Stunning!

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