Alanna grew up on Cape Cod (Wampanoag Land), and graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2010, where she earned a B.A. in Middle East Studies. During this time she gained some formal art training, as well as education in art history, history, and language. After graduating, she continued her art practice while training in yoga and meditation. Her work is a culmination of this combination of formal education in the arts and humanities, training in yoga and meditation, and self-taught art skills. She moved to Midcoast Maine in 2018 and currently resides in Union, Maine (Narantsouk, Abenaki, Wabenaki Land). After dabbling in illustration, and working with the Maine Department of Education on illustrating their "Harvest of the Month" campaign, she recommitted to her fine art studio practice. Now she works as an artist, creating abstract works, and an educator in various in-school and extracurricular settings.
Alanna is an artist and educator living in Midcoast Maine. She creates abstract work about trauma and human relationships; and how the effects of these are felt in our bodies. She uses abstract ribbon forms that are interrupted, or intruded upon, by external objects to explore bodily feelings like hurt, tenderness, and protection. Her work also explores how we adjust to, or conceal the wounds we receive from trauma. How do we make space in our bodies for these wounds, and our strong emotions? Her process of drawing with colored pencils on wood is disciplined and meditative. It invites the viewer to similarly slow down, and notice.