Paris Alexander wanted to be a sculptor from an early age, however, his life's path would follow a circuitous route. For several years after college the New York City native pursued a career as a research specialist in the cancer center at Duke University. All the while, his passion for art continued as he kept a carving studio in Durham.
After ten years Alexander had reached a glass ceiling in the research business. It was then that his thoughts refocused on becoming a full time sculptor. Deciding to quite his research job he would use his savings to keep him going for a few years until his sculpture career was established. Contrary to what he thought, his savings were gone within a few months, so it was necessary for Alexander to work at odd jobs to keep going. He even made custom carved stone mantles and other pieces for expensive homes.