Born in 1945 at Bideford, north Devon, Alexandra has lived in Devon,
Dorset, and for 22 years in Windsor Great Park. She has now returned
to her home in Devon to enjoy teaching and painting.
As a painter, her early commercial work developed into private commissions
for animal studies and wildlife subjects. A large body of her work is
owned privately in the Home Counties and includes work done for the
late Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.
After gaining her Honours Degree in Fine Art at Farnham University College
of Art and Design, she won a competition for public Art at Frimley Park
Hospital funded by the pharmaceutical company Novartis. These paintings
were in acrylic and were based upon cell structures researched in the hospital
library and can be seen in the hospital corridors.
Her paintings in oil include local landscapes and seascapes as well as interiors.
Her method of working usually includes very quick watercolour studies on
site before developing the work further in the studio.
She says: "I love the changing light on the landscape and the dynamics of the
coast and my aim is to capture in colour and mark a sense of movement and place".
Towards Hound Tor - Quarry View, Oil on Canvas
Her interiors are thought-provoking glimpses of time and memory, of
places once inhabited; frequently suggesting points of departure,
new beginnings and emotional ties.
She has exhibited in the Mall Galleries, London, and has had work accepted
by the Royal Academy. She is a member and Trustee of the Southwest
Academy of Fine and Applied Arts, and in 2008 was elected a member
of the 21 Group of experimental Devon based artists. She has exhibited
in many exhibitions in Devon with the South West Academy and in recent
years work has also been selected to hang in "The Great Create" at
Greenway (2008) and "Blank Canvas" Torre Abbey (2009) and again in the
Torre Abbey Contemporary Open the following year. In 2010 a one-man
show was held at N.T. Greenway.
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