I'm so happy that you're here

Welcome Artists! 

Thank you for taking this exciting artistic journey with me.

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I’m Alexis Bonavitacola.

I'm an artist, teacher, mentor, entrepreneur, and passionate human being dedicated to leading a purposeful life.

I specialize in abstract art, especially the energy, motion, and flow of alcohol inks. In addition, I work with encaustic wax and adore the fluidity of the molten wax to create unique floral images. I have 23 years as an educator, hold a PhD in education, love teaching students of all levels, and taking my art to new levels.

I believe in the value of sharing our talents and giving back to inspire others to grow.

Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.
– Thomas Merton

Artist Statement

I desire to create art that feels unbridled and free.

My creations capture energy, movement, and flow, celebrate my natural curiosity, and create a sense of wonder. I love layering and blending colors and mixing mediums creating magical experiences with my art. I specialize in abstract art whether I am painting in alcohol inks, encaustic wax, acrylics, watercolors, or mixed media. 

I welcome and invite you on my journey.


my inner heart & soul

Things I'm inspired by:

  • My mom and dad's work ethic
  • Wisdom
  • Possibility
  • Curiosity
  • People who say, “I’ve never thought of it that way”
  • Vulnerability
  • Humility
  • Paying Attention
  • Virtual artistic communities
  • Social media as a form of connection and learning
  • Agelessness
  • Intuition
  • Traditions
  • Gratitude
  • The unconditional love of my husband, children, and family
  • Letting go of expectations

About My Artistry

I'm a South Philly girl in spirit and heart. This brings with it a moxie and attitude that always keeps me attached to my fabulous Italian roots. It makes me fearless!

I’d like to say that I am a self-taught artist. But, while I have not had what many would consider “formal art school training”, I learned from one of the best alcohol ink artists today, Karen Walker.

Her thoughtful mentoring and creation of an online learning community brought together other alcohol ink artists, such as Tommy McDonell, June Rollins, and other pioneers as they ventured into unchartered territory. They generously shared their musings and insights about alcohol inks with other artists who were also willing to take risks with this misunderstood medium.


you may have seen me around

Featured in...

My art has been featured in Cathy Taylor’s, Pigments of Your Imagination, Creating with Alcohol Inks, Indie Soleil magazine (four times), the Morris Museum in Morristown, NJ, and in a gallery showing at West Annapolis Artworks.

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My Artistic Journey

I’ve been a teacher, coach, assistant principal, consultant, principal, change agent, and curriculum supervisor within elementary and middle schools in New Jersey, California, and New York City.

My Ph.D. in Education centered on adult learning theory and the overall adult learning experience. I bring this doctoral experience into all of my e-courses and relationships with my students.

Over the last few years, I’ve gained an impressive following of artists interested in my alcohol ink techniques. Since October, 2015, I’ve taught over 1000 students to learn to go with the flow in abstracts, blooms, expressive landscapes, and creating gorgeous seas and skies.



Where Magic Happens

My e-course Facebook groups are thriving communities where artists never leave.  I have students who have taken my class over a year ago who are still showing their art in my Facebook group.  It is a thriving place where magic truly happens.

I'd love for you to be a part of our growing community.

Learn about my e-course offerings and launch details over on my Learn With Me page.

Are you ready for your journey to begin?


We don’t accomplish anything in this world alone… and whatever happens is the result of the whole tapestry of one’s life and all the weavings of individual threads from one to another that creates something. 

– Sandra Day O’Connor



giving back

A portion of my profits from my e-courses will be donated to an amazing organization called She's The First.


She's The First's primary focus is to provide scholarships to girls in low-income countries, fostering first-generation graduates and cultivating the next generation of global leaders. As a lifelong educator, I feel very connected with their mission.

And you're a part of this story too. 

With every e-course you invest in, you help to create a meaningful change in the world by supporting a girl's education. Together, let's improve lives.

connect with me on social media

Get the scoop on what I'm up to behind the scenes, and enjoy more of my artwork online.


You can find my work on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter.