The dreamy murals and colorful imagery of visual artist Alexandria Hall adorn the walls of buildings across the South.
Her unique designs can be found right here in Savannah on the side of tasty brews from Two Tides Brewing Co. Hall’s connection with the Hostess City began in 2016, after arriving from her native Baltimore to study illustration at Savannah College of Art and Design.
That experience kicked off a love affair with the city that continues to this day.
"The instructors really pushed me, and they helped me reach for as much personal progress I could achieve while in school," Hall shared.
"I left feeling very confident in my skill sets and ability to communicate with clients - as well as a lot of really great memories & friendships!"
While in school, Hall worked at a local coffee shop, Foxy Loxy Cafe, and while there, met many a Savannah local and learned a lot about the history of the city. "I really fell in love with the blend of historical charm and innovative creativity that exists in Savannah," said Hall, who now calls Nashville home.
"I often come back to work on mural projects or freelance design work - which gives me a great excuse to visit my favorite restaurants and shops," she added.
It was during this time that Hall was first introduced to Liz and James Massey, owners of Two-Tides Brewing Co. She was hired to create a few paintings for the new brewery they were just in the process of opening up.
After a few meetings and a great connection, they decided to instead create an indoor mural for one of the seating areas inside the brewery, lending artistic and colorful flair to the Starland-area building.
"They let me create the mural with so much creative freedom - something that doesn't always happen in mural projects," Hall shared.
That first mural led to the idea for Two Tides’ now synonymous beer labels, which Hall has given her to talents to ever since.
From their Hug Dealer double-hop IPA brew, to the brewery’s iconic Sixfoot beer featuring a signature wave and oceanscape, Hall’s imagery has become as much of the fabric of the brewery as the beers themselves.
It’s something she says she is excited and grateful to be a part of.
"We have a really great relationship and work really well together. It's been two years now and we're still going strong," Hall said.
Hall says she is inspired by many elements around her, including nature, animation, fantasy, and realism. She tries to blend the real and surreal, while exploring the power of inner worlds, in an attempt to bring imaginative fantasy through her work, she said.
As she looks down the road, Hall’s schedule is filling up. She has several new mural projects underway during the remainder of 2020 and into 2021; and a solo show of oil paintings in the making; as well as a few fun illustration collaborations with companies coming up.
It’s an exciting time for the artist, which builds upon her time spent studying and creating here in Savannah and making lasting connections.
"I'd like to thank Liz and James of Two Tides for believing in my creative vision and being so great to work with; as well as the great professors in SCAD's Illustration department for helping me so very much," Hall added.