“I was born in Malta into a family of artists and I have never really thought about having any other career. I have been drawing and making things for as long as I can remember. After completing my studies at Nottingham and Leeds universities, I spent many years teaching art at international universities and schools around Europe. I also spent some time working in the theatre and in between times, like a lot of single parents, struggled to bring up my four kids.
I have always kept up a second career as a freelance illustrator and over the years worked for a variety of major card companies. However, now that I am retired I can devote more time to illustrating children’s books.
At present I am working almost exclusively on children’s books. My style is very painstaking and each drawing takes me about a week to complete. Caran d’Ache coloured pencils are my favored medium. I suppose originally it was easier to clear them away than paint with little ones around. I find I can blend the colours in layers on the paper to give a depth of shading.
Sometimes when I get fed up with pencils I use ink or collage techniques.
In the past I have exhibited my caricatures, portraits and landscapes in galleries in Germany, Malta and the UK.”
Alexandra occasionally does private commissions but most of her current work is commissioned by authors or publishing houses. The children’s books she has illustrated can be purchased from Amazon.co.uk or directly from her.
You can view more of her work via her gallery here. Click on any of the images to start the slideshow.