Many of his artworks are accompanied by Alexander’s cogent, thoughtful commentary. His views on politics, religion and the human condition form a third body of work, an illustration in words.
In text posted with his 2002 watercolor "Marabou Stork," he notes: "Not one day since I was born, has the landscape gained an inch. Every single day habitat is lost, and species are vanishing at an alarming rate."
"John Alexander’s life-long fascination with the natural world," observes SAAM’s director Elizabeth Broun, "connects his work with subjects of deep meaning throughout America."
"John Alexander: A Retrospective" is on view at the Smithsonian American Art Museum through March 16, 2008.