about the artist

Alice’s Story

Alice Hernandez was born in 1963, the sixth of seven children. She was born in Los Angeles, CA. Alice always dreamed of becoming an artist like her father and was always intrigued by his drawings, his wood-working sculptures, and anything dad could do, Alice knew she could also follow those dreams.

Alice was raised in Long Beach, CA. It was at an early age that she began taking art lessons and it was clear to everybody that this would be the path she would excel in. It was not until 1994 that Alice took her first oil painting lesson with a local Artist. Painting was just a hobby of Alice, as she worked as a sales executive for more than 20 years. At the age of 45 Alice decided to follow her dreams and make painting her full time career.

She has studied under David Leffel, who is considered by many as a “20th Century Old Master” & Regina Lyubovnaya. Alice attended the Los Angeles Academy of Fine Arts and Kline academy.

She was Co Owner of The Alice-Rice Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Accepted into the National Oil & Acrylic painters society

2015 International on line exhibit (www.noaps.org)

Accepted into the National Oil & Acrylic painters society 2014 International on line exhibit (www.noaps.org)

Won Best Oil Painter award at the La Quinta Arts Festival 2014

She received best oil painter at the Laguna Art A Fair Festival 2011

Honorable mention at the Beverly Hills Fall 2011 show.

Artists Statement


The Old Italian and Dutch masters have always intrigued me, their light and shadow (chiaroscuro) effects are so amazing. I love to find unique antiques or objects for my set up and make them shine as the main character in the painting. I contribute the look of my paintings to making my own canvases from raw linen, rabbit skin glue and oil primer.


Art A Fair/ Laguna Art Festival, www.art-a-fair.com

La Quinta Art Festival, www.lqaf.com

National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society, www.noaps.org

The Alice-Rice Gallery, www.alicericegallery.com.