An elementary school writing prompt asked, "How will you make the world a better place?" Emphatically, in large, bold letters, Alana wrote: "I WILL MAKE ART!"
After selling her first paintings in 2008, Alana spent most of her time in her art studio until 2011 when she embarked on an adventure to Italy and, unexpectedly, France. After being captivated by history-rich landscapes and seascapes, painting murals and canvases, reuniting with friends and Italian relatives, meeting people from all walks of life, and volunteering for different organizations—from organic farms (WWOOF), international outreach nonprofits (YWAM, Bridges of Life), homeless shelters, after-school programs, etc., she returned home to the San Francisco Bay Area.
From 2013-2017, 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.
Her latest work springs from her new "artist residency in motherhood," as she reconnects with the land at home, sowing and reaping in the backyard, inspired by new adventures and skills, especially in health as she begins her studies in herbal medicine.
Married to her Superhero Husband five years ago this year, they have almost two years enjoying the daily antics of their Delight-Filled Toddler and Alana's almost 94-year-old energetic and Full-of-Shenanigans Grandma. New to the family are their three chickens: Bucks, Clucks, and Henrietta.