Meet the Scholarly Skater

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About Me

I’m Alexandra, aka the Scholarly Skater, an art historian/ice skater/book lover from New Jersey, USA. Welcome to my world of art!

I enjoy art and architecture for so many reasons. Looking at the art of the past is the closest to time travel I’m likely to get. (And it’s much safer, too.) I think it helps me better understand the world I live in, too. I aim to share my love of art with as many people as possible. That’s why A Scholarly Skater is filled with beautiful art and interesting ideas about it.

As you’ve probably figured out from my nickname, I’m a competitive figure skater. I’ve been one basically since I could first walk, and I’m also a competitive ballroom dancer. I’m a firm believer than having multiple interests gives me unique perspectives that make me better at everything I do. I always love to find connections between all the things I’m passionate about. Artistry, interpretation, self-expression, and storytelling factor greatly into everything I pursue.

About This Blog

Some of my favorite topics to talk about are gargoyles and grotesques, American art, and historic places. If you want to learn more about those subjects or just enjoy some great examples of them, I’ve got you covered.

If you’re new to the world of art and want to boost your art appreciation skills, head over to Art Appreciation 101. There, you will learn basic art appreciation skills, find guides to understanding major styles and movements, and even get an introduction to art history. It’s aimed at beginners but recommended for art lovers of all levels.


24 thoughts on “Meet the Scholarly Skater

  1. Hi Alexandra, thanks for following my art blog! It looks like we have similar interests (but not skating – the one time I was on skates I was terrified!), so I’m looking forward to delving into your blog, too.

  2. Alexandra, thanks for the follow. I took a look at your Celtic Art articles. Very nice. I was unfamiliar with the Book of Resurrection, and now I need to learn more. Thank you.

  3. Hi Alex this is artist Michael Budden writing to thank you for including my art in your post about Guy C Wiggins and paintings of NYC. I enjoy painting NY the most, especially winter scenes and thank you for shedding so light on my work.

  4. Hi there, found you from the reblog on Italian in Italy. I am a former competitive ice skater too! As someone who loves Italy, I’m looking to learn more about art history. Looking forward to more of your posts!

  5. Dear Scholarly Skater:

    Thank you so very much for the “like” of my recent piece, Patron Saint of Ireland, which was posted at First Night History. I enjoyed reading your own site.

    If you found Patron Saint interesting, please feel free to read my blog, bio or a sample chapter at The blog is a teaser for my book, Theory of Irony: How Jesus Led to Moon Golf, now available in print and Kindle formats at


    Erik Von Norden

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