Cornerstone’s Artist of the Month for February 2020
Alana is a Central PA native who always had a passion for creating. In middle school, she took a few art lessons at the Harrisburg Art Association and those lessons helped her discover a passion that fueled Alana to continue learning and improving her skill. After graduating high school, she focused on many forms of creativity such as sewing, jewelry making, and crocheting. In 2013 she started painting more and began selling artwork in 2016. Alana paints many things in nature as she finds inspiration along hiking and biking trails and her garden. In addition, she enjoys infusing emotions elicited from music into her artwork. Working with acrylic paint really helps Alana to achieve the bright vivid colors and layers to create texture in each piece as she strives to evoke an emotional response in those admiring my work whether the inspiration and focus is either nature or music.
Here is a Q&A with Alana Barner, Cornerstone’s Artist of the Month for February 2020.
How does your medium inform your viewpoint? Or what do you like most about your medium?
I love using acrylic paint because I can really work with layering color, and adding bits of texture in each brush stroke. The vibrant colors really help reflect my moods and inspire emotions in others.
Who or what have been your artistic inspirations?
Nature is my strongest inspiration. I spent much of my teen years being outside, hiking and exploring when I could. I continue to do that with my family when ever possible. Taking colors and shapes that I find and transferring them in my own way to canvas is something I really enjoy. Another inspiration I use is music. Sometimes lyrics or a melody will just grab hold, and I don’t feel settled until I have the chance to transfer that feeling into a painting.
Do You Have a Favorite Piece in Your Portfolio?
My favorite piece has actually sold this past year. It was a white silhouette of a stag one a bright colorful abstract background titled Untamed. This piece represented inner strength and resilience to me. This was one of those pieces that what I intended to paint, changed and took a life of its own. Each step I just got more excited to see the way it all came together. The end result was not at all what I had in mind, but it was truly what the painting was meant to be.
What would be your advice to artists just starting out in your medium?
My advice for any artist, would be to just enjoy the process and focus less on the end product . Don’t stress about the details not being exactly what you had planned, but acknowledge the beauty of what you have created.