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Alexan​der James

I was never a painter growing up, but I had always loved looking at art and creating it.

I spent my childhood sketching so I considered myself an amateur artist my whole life. The one thing I couldn’t do was PAINT.

As I grew up I found myself spending more and more time with real “grownup” things, and I had stopped chasing my dreams as an artist. What could I ever do with just sketching anyway? Until 2 years ago.

I had spent 5 years working 90 hour weeks for a job I’d once loved but had grown to hate, when one afternoon I was hit with the most overpowering urge to CREATE.

Not only did I want to CREATE, I wanted to create EVERYTHING.

People, nature, animals, everything. I wanted to reproduce what I saw in life and all of the beauty it held and put it onto paper.

So I tried a canvas and a brush, instead of a paper and a pencil.

The first piece I had painted was in the store I was working in, in the middle of a 13 work hour day.

Someone came in, assumed it was for sale and asked for the price of it. Wow.

We quickly came to a price we both agreed on and went separate ways.

They were thrilled because they had a painting they loved, and I was thrilled because I realized I was now technically a paid artist.

It happened a second time that week, and then a third, and then a fourth, and then I had someone ask for a custom piece, their pet.

I had never done one before and I was nervous, but something told me I would be able to do it. So I did it. And they were thrilled.

I took every job, and every challenge that was brought to me, and within 2 months I had painted and sold over 200 individual paintings.

Now, with hundreds of paintings in homes all over the country, and some overseas, I quit my stable safe 90 hour a week job and started my own business selling my originals and requested artwork.

Now I do custom paintings in my own gallery in the Cool Springs Mall in Franklin, TN.

Pets, people, animals, or any other picture is made daily, and live on display. 



I've created several different series of styles of paintings. Feel free to check it all out on my Etsy, joyofcreatingshop.

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I love doing customs! I can paint you anything you'd like. Pets, people, landscapes, logos - whatever you want. If you have a picture, I can paint it. Don't hesitate to reach out.

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See a piece that you'd love to wear? Or have a custom photo you'd love painted on a shirt? I'd be happy to! Just call, text me or contact me on the contact page!

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Cool Springs Galleria Mall

1800 Galleria Blvd, Franklin, TN

p: (202) 446-7919
[email protected]