Alice Cescatti grew up in New Zealand. From an early age she became fascinated with wide open spaces, dramatic landscapes and the light of the South Pacific – in particular the way it plays and interacts with its landscape conveying an impressive stillness. Alice is particularly interested in sea and cloud formations and weather patterns.
Alice uses water gilding in her paintings on wooden panels which is very rarely seen. She has found this to be the best form of expression. More complex than oil gilding, it is built up over many layers of gesso and clay to give depth and diversity, blending precious metals with water gilding and painting, producing differing plays of light at different times of day, the effect giving an ethereal beauty to her work. This is what drives Alice’s creative process.