Alexandra Connor has spent years studying the painting techniques of the Old Masters, visiting specialists and restorers in order to aquire the skills which have been used since the 15th Century. Applying this knowledge to her own work, many of her portraits have an under painting of egg tempera to give an added luminosity. On top of this base she then applies layers of oil pigment, employing many glazes to enhance the colour and reality of her work.
Alexandra was greatly encouraged by the late Pietro Annigoni, and kept up a correspondence with him. A quote from one of his letters has always inspired her:
"It is incredible what you have achieved. Go ahead, and work hard!"
Portraits have been commissioned by The Royal Shakespeare Company, exhibited in the RSC Theatre and RSC Art Gallery. Alexandra has painted Kenneth Branagh, Brian Blessed, Anthony Sher, Frank Middlemass, Ken Dodd and others. Alexandra's paintings have been collected in Europe, the USA and Japan.
She has exhibited in Old Church Street Gallery, Chelsea.
One woman show at the Marina Henderson Gallery, Chelsea.
One woman show at the Richmond Gallery, Cork Street, London.
Alexandra Connor's biography and work has been featured in The Times, The Telegraph, Observer, Le Figaro and La Sicilia. Alexandra is listed in Debrett's 'People of Today'. She is also a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts.