As a teenager I knew I wanted to be an artist. I went to three different art schools and was dedicated to drawing and painting landscapes and still lives. I lived in Paris on a painting grant after college. I fought hard to continue being an artist as I raised a family in my thirties but I did it because being an artist is like breathing to me. Every day when I wake up I want to get to my studio. That’s the way it is. One day, I was asked to fill in for a collage instructor at Snow Farm (then known as Horizons) for a week long class. This would turn out to change my life. I began to teach collage and mixed media classes out of my Cambridge studio. I liked finding cool experimental mixed media techniques to share with my students. My own work changed. To this day I depend on a teaching practice and a studio practice that are fundamentally linked. My students keep me pushing to learn so that I can teach, and they give me a fulfilling community. I need time and exercise spent outdoors and find much of my inspiration from nature. I am represented by the Bromfield Gallery in Boston.
Alexandra recently appeared in a Craft Talk with Fuller Museum as part of their exhibit Makers & Mentors: The Art and Life of Snow Farm: The New England Craft Progam. You can see the talk below.
And an earlier video in which Alexandra talks about her teaching at Snow Farm.