Alex Tolstoy

Alex is primarily a watercolorist.

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, John Lovett, Joseph Zbukvic, and others.

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 from 1980 until 2012).

Alex is an award winning watercolorist and a member of the McLean Project of the Arts (MPA), the Art League of Alexandria, the Maryland Federation of Art Society (MFA), the Yellow Barn Studio, the McLean Art Society (MAS), the Washington Project for the Arts (WPA), and the American Watercolor Society (AWS). She is married to photographer Ron Colbroth.

Her work is in private collections and has been or will be seen at the Foundry Gallery (DC), the Torpedo Factory (Alexandria, VA), the Circle Gallery (Annapolis, MD), NYC, CA, Scotland, and elsewhere. She has had numerous solo shows in the DC area.

See also the three books of images (now also available as ebooks) by A. Tolstoy on
‘Scapes (2015)
Olio (2015)
Mostly Landscapes 2
Mostly Landscapes
Abstract Art

Work can be seen on:



Impressionistic images of landscapes

Dunes “Dunes”

View of the ocean at the shore

Fearless “Fearless”

Sailboat in rough seas

Gloam “Gloam”

Impression of impending darkness

Still Life

Variety of still life subjects