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Meet Alexander Milford of Belmont University

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alexander Milford.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
Like several other artists, I have the same old line: “I’ve been drawing for as long as I can remember.” While this is true, art definitely wasn’t something I had really considered a viable career path for myself until my senior year of high school.

I have several memories related to drawing throughout my childhood whether reading how-to-draw books from the library or doodling elaborate stick figure scenes in class. I always enjoyed art classes in school and would take them every chance I had.

Around halfway, through my senior year of high school, I started drawing portraits of musicians and celebrities in my free time, and I would sell them for $20 just to get some pocket change. When people started coming to me asking for pieces, I started to actually consider art as a career for myself.

Now here I am, a few years later working towards a BFA degree in Studio Art and building my name and business as an artist.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
I’ve had a relatively smooth journey getting to where I am at today. There has been the occasional challenge, but I feel like that is just life in general.

It can be difficult sharing my art at times for various reasons, but I am fortunate enough to have supportive family and friends that keep me encouraged at those times.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I create art under the name AMV (Alexander Milford Visual). I specialize primarily in paintings and drawings done with spray paint, acrylic paint, ink, and digitally.

I am going into my fourth year of college, working towards a BFA degree in Studio Art. Being able to try several different styles under the blanket of school, my art has seen a drastic shift over the past couple of years, from realism to the more impressionistic and illustrative styles I am experimenting with today.

Lately, I have found interest in public art, having done multiple murals in both the Nashville area and Bentonville, Arkansas where I am from. I find it interesting to see how my art interacts with larger spaces, breaking out of the confinement of paper or canvases.

I think the ability to work on the larger scale of murals creates another branch of opportunity for me as an artist. The potential to grab a can of spray paint and take it to any wall around town and just start painting (legally, of course) is an amazing aspect of public art that merges the art with its surroundings.

Regardless of the scale or location, however, I am excited about the direction my art is heading both in style and in meaning, as it opens doors for exploration and experimentation for myself and the viewer alike.

Is there a quality that you most attribute to your success?
I think diligence has been critical for my success. If I had given up every time something had gone wrong in my life, there wouldn’t be an AMV, and I would not be where I am right now.

I believe that diligence is key in any creative field because very few if any are actually going to make it on their first try. Success requires hard work, and that is nothing new.

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