Angela Alexander is an Asheville-based artist specializing in pet portraits. Alexander starts with a black canvas and then layers loose brushstrokes in vibrant colors to reveal the dog, cat or farm animal she’s painting. The bold colors that characterize her work represent her subject’s energy and personality. Alexander did not begin her career as a painter until later in life, after being laid off from her graphic design job. Her first paintings were whimsical drawings of her brown and tan Chihuahua, Sadie, whose markings made it look like she was wearing a mask. Consequently, up until Sadie passed in 2015, Alexander painted all her subjects wearing masks and glasses. Over the years her style has evolved from playful and often comedic caricatures of pets, to the more refined and abstract technique she uses in her art today.