Alexandra Zarins Rolls spent a year at City and Guilds in London before going on to study at the University of Edinburgh and then Charles Cecil Studios in Florence. While in Florence, she completed her BA through the Open University (History of Art and English Literature). Last year she spent three months in New York painting a series of portraits, including a study of five ex-prisoners during their rehabilitation into society – a challenging experience.
Alexandra has applied her classical European training to plein air painting. The direct, dynamic images of the French countryside and market towns show her fluency with colour, light and shade. These small studies capture a world of light and colour sensitively rendered with her assured palette.
Alexa has exhibited in London and New York and has a painting on permanent display in the National Geographical Society. Her portfolio of commissions is diverse. She has won a scholarship and has just returned to New York to study at the New York Academy of Arts for two years.