In her medium of oil, Alana Knuff calls her style romantic realism. Both the analytical and the artistic shape her life with her graduating with a degree in mathematics in 1966 and excelling in artistic pursuits such as life drawing. Following a career outside of the field of art, as Capital Project Manager, Alana directed the design and construction of buildings for Harvard University and the University of Texas. Her 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, where her desire to paint was reawakened. 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.
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 has received numerous awards including First and Second Prize in the 2009 and 2013 Magnolia Plantation National Competition respectively.
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
Member of the National Oil and Acrylic Society
Exhibiting Member of the Charleston Artist Guild
AWARDS, EXHIBITIONS AND SHOWS
2018 America Impressionist Society 19th Annual National Juried Exhibition - "Barche a remi - Isola de Capri"
2017 Tall Ships Exhibit
2016 17th National Exhibit of the American Society of Marine Artists - "Children's Beach, Nantucket" selected to tour 6 art museums
2016 Piccolo Spoleto Juried Outdoor Art Exhibit
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 - Atrium Art Gallery, Charleston, SC
2013 Piccolo Spoleto Juried Outdoor Art Exhibit
2013 Magnolia Plantation National Competition - "The Pasture - Magnolia Plantation" - Second Prize
2012 Piccolo Spoleto Juried Outdoor Art Exhibit
2012 Portrait Society of America, Members Only, Landscape Category - "Winter Wait" - Honorable Mention
2011 Piccolo Spoleto Juried Outdoor Art Exhibit - Honorable Mention for the Body of Work
2011 Charleston Artist Guild Member Show - "First Fountain" - Honorable Mention
2010 First Federal People's Choice - "Reflection" - Honoarble Mention
2009 Community of I'On Artists Spring Show - "Lady May's Gift" - Honorable Mention
2009 Magnolia Plantation Local Competition - "Lady May's Gift" - First Prize
ARTICLES AND PUBLICATIONS
Women in Art - Southwest Art, Summer 2018
Nautical Beauty - American Art Collector, June 2015
16th National Exhibition of the American Society of Marine Artists - "Winter Wait"
Maritime Art - Southwest Art, Fall 2013
"A Heart for Art" Charleston Style and Design, Winter 2012
"Considering having a portrait painted?" CharlestonCurrents.com April 2010