about alena

“Work is love made visible.” –Khalil Gibran

Alena Hennessy began making art at a very young age, way before she could write. She would spend hours upon hours drawing on the back of her Grandmother’s dittos from school, making up imaginary worlds of falling umbrellas, rainbow puddles, ant farms underground, horses with varying personalities, and of course some very fashionable ladies. Since then her love of creating has evolved– branching out with a deep desire to assist others in finding their true voice in painting and mixed media art.

Alena is the author of Cultivating Your Creative Life, The Painting Workbook, Intuitive Painting Workshop, and beloved teacher of the art-making process, both online and at select retreats. Her work has been featured in numerous magazines and publications, including Dwell, The Washington Post, Somerset Life, Spirituality & Health, ReadyMade, Redbook, Stitch, Victoria, and Natural Health magazine, as well as being featured on Good Morning America and pilot shows for ABC Studios. Her paintings have been exhibited across major cities in the U.S., along with several museum shows. Alena is also a flower essence practitioner, along with being a Reiki master and energy healer. Through grace and intuitive guideposts, she calls the beautiful town of Asheville, NC her home. As a facilitator, her intention is that each participant leave a little more transformed, content, and open to wild possibility.


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3 thoughts on “about alena

  1. Amy Schectman -

    Your “Cultivating Your Creative Life” book is so amazing. I work at a public library in Ohio and discovered it, hoarded it, and then bought my own copy. I have been drawing and painting since I was about 5, and if I were to ever have written a book, it would be this book! I mainly paint acrylic abstracts, and I am also into herbs, flower essences, yoga…and Nina Simone is my favorite singer! I had the pleasure of visiting your gallery last year, and as I walked in, Feeling Good by Nina Simone was playing, which is my all-time favorite song. I so enjoyed your gallery and the feel of Ashville in general. Your book has helped me a lot over the last 2 years, thank you so much for writing it, and for helping other artists nurture their creative souls. 🙂

  2. Margaret de Bree -

    Love the looseness of the paintings

  3. Kate Hill -

    You are such an inspiration. Your words are beautiful. Your art is beautiful.

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