For me, art-making is a colourful fusion of intuition, self-care and mindfulness. I use drawing, painting and mixed media collage to express my feelings and explore my journey as Mama, Wife and Spirit-Seeker.
At times the paths of Artist + Mama seem to intermesh beautifully whilst other times, they seem as far apart as the stars. Occasionally I'll create art with my son but mostly, it's a soulful refuge to remember my sense of individuality and nurture my wellbeing.
My Artworks have grown alongside me and what once was a decorative hobby has now become a deep and meaningful way to step into my intuition and accept myself more fully along the way. I've always got ideas bubbling away and because of this, I've become adept at creating my artworks over opportunistic snippets of time. Although it's a juggle, I feel I've got mamahood to thank for my feeling of richness - the more I love, the more I feel, the more content I've got to explore and express through my works.
So I hope you make yourself at home and enjoy your time here.
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All my Love,
RESIDENT ARTIST @ Viroga Yoga Studio, ongoing
SOLO SHOW @ Blume Gallery + Cafe, April HERE
ARTIST FEATURE INTERVIEW @ Artist Meets Mother HERE
SOLO SHOW 'CREATING WITH FEELING' @ Greens and Beans, March - April 2017 HERE
ARTIST FEATURE @ Expressive Art Inspirations HERE
21 SECRETS 'COLOR COLOR COLOR' E-COURSE - Available HERE
MAMA NURTURE ORACLE CARDS - Edition One Launched May 2016. Available HERE
INTUITIVE ART SHOW @ Viroga Yoga Studio & Day Spa, May 2016 HERE
INTUITIVE ART ORACLE CARDS - Edition Two Launched, January 2016. Available HERE
ARTWORKS PUBLISHED - Intuitive Painting Workshop Book by Alena Hennessey, available HERE
ARTIST FEATURE @ Colour Me Positive HERE
ORACLE CARDS VIDEO REVIEW @ Wild Moon Woman HERE
ORACLE CARDS UNBOXING VIDEO @ Ethony HERE
INTUITIVE ART ORACLE CARDS - Edition One Launched November 2015
ONGOING EXHIBITION @ Viroga Yoga Studio & Day Spa. Oct - Present.
SOLO EXHIBITION @ Generations Cafe. June 1st - June 30th.
SOLO EXHIBITION @ Mama Queensland. Ongoing.
E-BOOK - Expressive Colour Workbook HERE
SOLO EXHIBITION @ Freestyle Tout. June 1st - 30th.
RADIO INTERVIEW @ ABC Radio HERE
MAGAZINE FEATURE @ *Bespoke*. 6 page spread. Winter Edition, 2014.
EXPRESSIVE PAINTING RETREAT @ Maleny
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE @ Bracken Ridge High School
CONTRIBUTOR @ Create & Thrive
EXHIBITION @ Bird Gallery 'Everyone's Exhibition' group show, Brisbane CBD
E-COURSE LAUNCH - Expressive Painting
ONLINE AWARDED Executive Director's Highlight 2013 Australian RAWARDS
LIVE ART EXHIBITION @ RAWARDS Australia group show @ Arena, Fortitude Valley
EXHIBITION @ RAW 'Generation' group show @ Arena, Fortitude Valley
LIVE ART @ Arena, Fortitude Valley
LIVE ART @ King George Square, Brisbane CBD
INTERVIEW @ Hot Women to Watch feature HERE
ONLINE FEATURE @ Finding Firelight HERE
VIDEO INTERVIEW @ RAW Natural Born Artists Video feature HERE
INTERVIEW @ BrisStyle Meet The Maker feature HERE
COMMUNITY ARTIST @ Brisbane City Council
COMMUNITY ARTIST @ Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm
COMMUNITY ARTIST Freelance Community Art Mentor
ARTIST @ Renaissance Kids Educational Consultant and Art Workshop developer
POP-UP EXHIBITION @ BrisStyle Indie Markets, Hamilton, QLD
POP-UP EXHIBITION @ Nook, West End QLD
EXHIBITION ‘New Beginnings’ solo @ Urban Grind, Paddington, QLD
+ Became a Mummy!
TV FEATURE @ Wurrawhy Artist Feature
PUBLIC ART MURAL @ Southside Sustainability Centre
EXHIBITION ‘Peacocks and Pinstripes’ solo @ Frank & Myrth, Brighton QLD
EXHIBITION @ Moxa West End QLD
EXHIBITION Pop-up @ Nook, West End Brisbane
INTERNATIONAL Community Artist @ Cultural Canvas Thailand
COMMUNITY ART Eco-Workshop Facilitator @ Northey Street Farm
ARTIST @ Renaissance Kids, Brisbane
COMMUNITY ARTIST Mini residency @ Hillbrook Anglican School
COMMUNITY ARTIST @ Environmental Art Collective
EXHIBITION @ ‘First Edition’ group show, Toowoomba QLD
EXHIBITION @ ‘SH!FT’ group show, West End QLD
COMMUNITY ARTIST QR Art Projects Coordinator & Community Artist @ QR (Queensland Rail)
COMMUNITY ARTIST for NAIDOC week @ Nundah Community Centre
VISUAL ARTS SUPPORT WORKER @ Cascade Place, Redcliffe
COMMUNITY ARTIST @ Sunnybank State High School Multicultures Project
COMMUNITY ARTIST @ Picabeen Community Centre
COMMUNITY ARTIST @ Brisbane City Council
EXHIBITION @ ‘Stop Espresso’, Windsor QLD
RETAIL @ Riot! Art & Craft
EXHIBITION @ ‘The Verve Cafe’ solo, Brisbane QLD
MURAL ARTIST @ Upper Mount Gravatt Kindergarten
EXHIBITION @ ‘Urban Grind’, solo Paddington, QLD
EXHIBITION @ ‘Freestyle Tout’ solo, Brisbane, QLD
EXHIBITION @ ‘Moray St Café’ solo, New Farm QLD
EXHIBITION @ ‘GPO’, Brisbane QLD
EXHIBITION @ ‘BMA’ solo exhibition, QLD
COMMUNITY ARTIST @ Redcliffe Arts & Life Festival (RALF)
PRODUCTION ASSISTANT @ Faultline Youth Magazine, Redcliffe Area Youth Space (RAYS).
EXHIBITION @ ‘Seeds’, solo, Recliffe Cultural Centre
EXHIBITION @ ‘RAYS’ group show, Redcliffe Area Youth Space
Graduate Certificate Creative Art Therapy (MIECAT, Melbourne) 2010
Certificate in Community Project Facilitation (CANSA, Adelaide) 2009
Graduate Certificate Community Cultural Development 2008
Certificate Visual Arts (RMIT/BOX HILL TAFE, Melbourne) 2002/2003
Certificate IV Workplace Assessment & Training (CBAC, Brisbane) 2004
Diploma Early Childhood & Education (NorthPoint TAFE, Brisbane) 1998