Alexandra was born in 1951 in New York City, New York. She first
studied Fine Arts at California Institute of the Arts and holds Bachelor
and Master of Art Education degrees from Prescott College. She studied
at his studio in New York and watercolor with Don Andrews.
She has lived in Gold Beach for over forty years with her husband,
Frank Martinez, with whom she has three grown children and four grandchildren. She and
Frank now spend part of the year in Honolulu, Hawaii.
In the late 1970's, Alexandra operated a small graphic design and
silkscreen printing business. After the birth of her first child in
1978, Alexandra turned her attention to raising a family. During those
child-rearing years, she kept her involvement with art alive through her
children's art education and attending a weekly gathering of artists to
draw from live models, which she continues to do.
In the 1990s, her
series of paintings of women who have survived breast cancer were
incorporated into advertisements for the local hospital on the back of
the local telephone book.
From 1995 through 2001, she organized a summer
art camp for children. After receiving multiple art degrees and then
teaching Art at Gold Beach High School for five years until 2002, she
turned her attention to painting full time while giving workshops
through Southwestern Oregon Community College.
Her current focus on Alla Prima portraiture continues to evolve
through her weekly figure painting group. This award winning artist has
exhibited in national and international exhibitions and holds Signature
Member Status in the Watercolor Society of Oregon, Hawaii Watercolor
Society, Northwest Watercolor Society and the Western Federation of
Alexandra is represented by the GoldRush
Center in Gold Beach, Oregon and Wright's Custom Framing and Art
Supplies in Brookings, Oregon.