Watercolor has become an obsession. For training, Alex studied for 5 plus years with Barbara Januszkiewicz of the Corcoran College of Art and has been painting professionally since 2012.
Influences and inspirations include such classic master artists as J.M.W. Turner, Andrew Wyeth, John Singer Sargent, Whistler, Homer, and more. Contemporary masters who are much admired include Thomas Schaller, Roger Whitlock, Roycroft, Lovett, Joseph Zbukvic, and others. The list could be long, indeed, as there is so much talent out there.
Alex was born in New York City but grew up in DC. She was a research scientist (mathematician, actually) for over 40 years (specializing in Ocean Acoustics over the past 30 plus years). Her art does not seem to reflect this past life at all. Perhaps a good thing…
Alex is a member of the McLean Project of the Arts (MPA), Yellow Barn Studio, the Art League of Alexandria, and the Maryland Federation of Art Society (MFA). She has been a member of the Foundry Gallery of DC since Dec 2013.
Alex is married to photographer Ron Colbroth who is a constant source of enthusiasm, creativity, and encouragement.
Alex’s work is in private collections and can be seen regularly at the Foundry (DC), the Torpedo Factory (Alexandria Art League), and at the Circle Gallery (Annapolis, MD).
See also the three books of images (now also available as ebooks) by A. Tolstoy on www.blurb.com: “Mostly Landscapes 2” , “Mostly Landscapes”, and “Abstract Art.”