About Alana

Photograph of the artist Alana M Kuff

As young as five, Alana drew. With a desire to win a bicycle, she entered a national art contest at age nine. She won second prize with her colored pencil rendering, losing the bicycle to the first-place oil. The sponsor, Kellogg, was impressed by her talent.

Both the analytical and the artistic shape her life. Her mother, a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art, and her father, an engineer from Case Western Reserve, influenced her studies. She excelled in life drawing and then graduated with a degree in mathematics in 1966. Following a career outside the field of art, as Capital Project Manager, Alana directed the design and construction of buildings for Harvard University and the University of Texas. Time away from work and family was often spent creating pastel portraits or pen and ink renderings. In 2007, Alana joined a group of artists plein air painting in Ravello, Italy. The experience reawakened her desire to paint. She retired in 2008 to focus full time on art. In 2011 Alana completed a portrait workshop at the Florence Academy of Art in Italy, under the instruction of Maureen Hyde. In 2013, Scottsdale Artist’s School awarded her a scholarship with which she took a portrait workshop under Romel de la Torre. Later that year she completed another portrait workshop under the instruction of Michael Shane Neal.

Art is now a daily passion and second career. A sense of urgency has accelerated her art development. In a short period, she has received numerous awards, completed commissions, exhibited in galleries, hung a solo show and recently exhibited in museums. Her artwork is often auctioned at charitable events. Her paintings reside with clients in Italy, Canada and throughout the United States. Alana demonstrates painting, tutors private lessons and teaches portrait workshops. She is known for her portraits and maritime paintings.

Primarily self-taught, Alana’s artwork displays remarkable draftsmanship with a composition intentionally leading the viewer. She develops harmony with a limited palette creating a wide range of values and hue intensities. She calls her style romantic realism. Her medium is oil.

  • Signature Member of the American Society of Marine Artists
  • Member of the Portrait Society of America
  • Member of the Oil Painters of America
  • Member of the American Impressionist Society
  • Exhibiting Member of the Charleston Artist Guild
  • 2017 Tall Ships Charleston Exhibit, Charleston, SC
  • 2016 Piccolo Spoleto Juried Outdoor Art Exhibit, Charleston, SC
  • 17th National Exhibit of the American Society of Marine Artists, Children’s Beach
  • 2015 Indoor Juried Art Exhibit Piccolo Spoleto, City Gallery, Charleston, SC, Bohicket Dock
  • 2015 Piccolo Spoleto Juried Outdoor Art Exhibit, Honorable Mention for the Body of Work
  • 2013 October Solo Show at Atrium Art Gallery, Charleston, SC
  • 2013 Piccolo Spoleto Juried Outdoor Art Exhibit, Charleston, SC
  • 2013 Magnolia Plantation National Competition, Second Prize, The Pasture Magnolia Plantation
  • 2012 Piccolo Spoleto Juried Outdoor Art Exhibit, Charleston, SC
  • 2012 Portrait Society of America, Members Only, Landscape Category, Honorable Mention, Winter Wait
  • 2011 Piccolo Spoleto Juried Outdoor Art Exhibit, Honorable Mention for the Body of Work
  • 2011 Charleston Artist Guild Member Show, Honorable Mention, First Fountain
  • 2010 First Federal People’s Choice Honorable Mention, Reflection
  • 2010 Charleston Artist Guild Signature Show, Honorable Mentions, Ray of Rosebank Farms
  • 2009 Community of I’On Artists Spring Show, Honorable Mention, Lady May’s Gift
  • 2009 Magnolia Plantation Competition, First Prize, Lady May’s Gift