Hello! I’m Lexis Calista Krieg, the artist, illustrator and designer behind Lexisworks. I am a freelance creator specializing in mixed media paintings, illustration, wedding invites and branding. I have called colorful Colorado home for almost 10 years now and am inspired daily by the ever-present Rocky Mountains. I love any opportunity I can get out and explore with my husband, Bear, 1-year-old daughter, Josie and dogs, Remi and Jackson.
I’ve created my entire life: making art at home, collecting paper for collages, and taking every art class I could in high school. When it came time to choose my college degree, I clearly wanted to pursue something art related. My mom had thought I had gotten enough art at home and wouldn’t need to pursue it in my college career. But art was the only thing that ever challenged me, so I majored in Graphic Design at Minnesota State University, Moorhead (MSUM), with a minor in Mass Communications. In the confines of my college bedroom, I satisfied my own creative hand urges with art journals filled with text, clippings and smears of paint. I fell in love with graphic design and left the “real” art to “artists.”
While working my day job, Lexisworks was born in 2008 as an outlet for personal creativity. I attended craft fairs selling reproductions of my layered collages and gained confidence in my work. After being laid off from two graphic design jobs, I knew the universe was trying to tell me something: I was meant to be an artist. In 2012, I bravely declared myself an artist for the first time and started pursuing my art career.
The mountains are calling...
When people ask where I’m from, I take a deep breath and recite: ”Alaska, Oregon, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, and now Colorado.” Alaska was merely a birthplace, while I consider Oregon to be where I “grew up.” Moving to the Midwest at 12, I spent my teenage years and early twenties moving around the Midwest. By 17, I knew I wanted to move west again (I missed the mountains and sun); but first I had to get through high school and the benefits of in-state college tuition. While attending MSUM, I met my future husband, After graduation, I lived abroad in London and traveled Europe while Bear moved to Denver, Colorado. Denver met my warmth and mountain requirements and I decided to call it home.