Alena Hennessy

Alena Hennessy is an intuitive painter, teacher, writer, and workshop leader. She is the author of three books, Cultivating Your Creative Live, The Painting Workbook, and Intuitive Painting Workshop. Her work has been featured in several magazines and publications including Dwell, The Washington Post, and RedbookAlena’s learned a lot on this path. She’s learned about what it takes to build a successful art business, how to trust in herself and her creative voice, what to do when the pain is big and where to turn to make it smaller, and how to make art that only you can make.



My art wasn’t like everyone else’s. I just didn’t feel like I fit in. I wasn’t weird enough. I was weird in a different way just not through my painting. In my painting, I wanted to celebrate beauty.

My art wasn’t like everyone else’s. I just didn’t feel like I fit in. I wasn’t weird enough. I was weird in a different way just not through my painting. In my painting, I wanted to celebrate beauty.

Some things we talk about…

  • how art heals and how to use art to heal what’s broken
  • the intuitive painting process (or painting without a plan)
  • dealing with the ebbs and flows of creativity
  • what to share, how much, and when and
  • how to make enough money to make it all work

“Just be patient with yourself. Keep showing up in your studio. Keep exploring. And you’ll get better each time because you’ll learn what works and how to deepen your work so that it reflects what you want to share and what you want to express.” 

“If we do the work, if we show up for ourselves and really take to our own internal exploration, having a peaceful and happy life is possible.”