Alexandra Tylee lives in Hawkes Bay with two of her sons and husband Chris, together they have run Pipi Café and Pizza Truck in havelock North of just over 16 years.

During this time, she has had published three cookbooks and one children’s story book.

Before that Alexandra Owned an espresso coffee business, studied classics, philosophy, and law at university and lived overseas for an awhile, and has two other sons from previous marriages.

She painted a lot as a child and since coming back to live in Hawkes Bay she has taken it up again. Growing up in rural Hawkes Bay in a beautiful country garden inspired in her a sense of wonder at the beauty of the natural world, flowers, trees and also the shapes and colours of fruit and vegetables. So, it is understandable that when painting she would incorporate this love with her passion for still life painting.