Alana has been painting ever since she could hold a brush. An elementary school writing prompt asked, "How will you make the world a better place?" Emphatically, in large, bold letters, she wrote: "I WILL MAKE ART!"
She sold her first paintings in 2008. From 2011 to 2012, she embarked on a dream adventure in Italy (and unexpectedly France), captivated by the old country’s history-rich landscapes and seascapes. It was the fruition of a lifelong goal—she painted, worked on organic farms, and followed her hunger to grow spiritually. She also reunited with friends and dear Italian relatives throughout Italy. After meeting people from all walks of life, discovering new landscapes, and volunteering for different organizations—from international outreach nonprofits, organic farms, homeless shelters, after-school programs, etc., she returned home to the San Francisco Bay Area.
From 2012-2016, Alana created a series of paintings focused on observing, blessing, and appreciating the land, influenced by pilgrimages throughout Italy, France, Ireland, the States, and to a lesser degree England, Spain, and Mexico.
After a few very big life events and an unexpected hiatus year from painting, she is looking forward to releasing her latest work in 2018.