Born in Paris in 1951 the daughter of a diplomat, Alexandra travelled all over the world - Germany, Burma, Singapore and the United States - until her early teens when her parents were posted to Belgium for four years. Here she first saw the work of the great Flemish Masters - Van Eyck, Memling and Breughel - and her passion for paintings began.

In 1972 Alexandra went to live in Italy and began training as an art restorer at the Istituto Centrale del Restauro in Rome. In the three years that she lived in Italy she travelled all over the country and, for the first time, saw the great masterpieces of fresco painting by Fra Angelico, Giotto, Masaccio, Pinturricchio, Gozzoli, Mantegna, Michelangelo and Raphael.

She also discovered the highly decorative early fresco paintings preserved by the eruption of Vesuvius in Pompeii and those of Herculaneum and Torre Annunziata.

Alexandra returned to London in 1975 and became the assistant to an Icon restorer for six years. She subsequently set up her own art restoration practice which specialises in the restoration of Old Masters: oil paintings on canvas and on panel.

In thirty years of restoring Old Master paintings Alexandra has naturally acquired a wide knowledge of the techniques and specialised materials needed. She has also learnt, amongst the other necessary skills of a restorer, to faithfully imitate what has been lost or damaged in the long life of a painting.

Alexandra has travelled widely in her career as a restorer and regards the opportunity to see frescoes at first hand as essential. She began to experiment with the technique of buon fresco in 1995.

The Art of the Fresco has grown out of an admiration for a unique and beautiful technique that satisfies the desires of many to have faithful fragments of great works of art in their homes.


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