Alana is an international facilitator of Awakening the Dreamer Symposiums and has lived in Brazil, France, England, Scotland, Morocco, Puerto Rico, Canada. She speaks conversational French, Spanish and Portuguese, and currently divides her time between the United States and Brazil.
As a Social Artist and serial entrepreneur, Alana Lea integrates her life's experiences to reveal a deep sense of underlying order and purpose.
The unifying force in Alana's diverse creative history is a desire to share her respect for the natural world, while leaving a beautiful footprint for future generations. She has applied her talents in many media: watercolor, digital collage, landscape, textile and book design, internationally for more than 25 years to benefit causes that serve peace and the environment.
One of her most wonderful moments came in late 2010 when she was able to donate 1,000 rainforest trees for to an endangered rainforest in her homeland. Brazil's Globo TV came to document the event. Since then 5,00 trees have been planted, and reforestation has become a passionate priority.
She is represented by literary agent Bill Gladstone, for her multimedia story book “Trees of Transformation.”
2008 - Present
Public Speaker & Rainforest Advocate
Alana Lea is a voice for the rainforest.
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Alana moved to the United States as soon as she could walk, and only learned that she emerged from the most diverse and endangered rainforest on earth, half a century later.
She had instinctively cultivated a passion for the plant kingdom as a horticulturalist for more than thirty years, while later telling its stories as a visual artist. In addition to the creation of Tropiflora, a successful tropical nursery business, these years yielded exhibits of her botanical watercolors and digital collages at the Bruce Museum of Arts and Sciences, the Smithsonian Institution and Museum of Natural History.
Her rainforest botanicals have been printed on organic silk, hemp and cotton fabrics, with water based pigment inks, to raise both awareness and funds for the renewal of the Atlantic Rainforest in Brazil.
As a founding member of the Womens Speakers Association, she confidently takes the stage of schools and social enterprise events to tell stories of renewal and hope.
Alana is also the founder of the Rainforest ECObank reforestation project in Brazil, supporting subsistence farmers to become stewards of the renewed forests. The iGiveTrees campaign invites organizations around the world to participate in the benefits of cooperative marketing for the good of the planet.
1983 - Present
Alana Lea is a botanical artist whose work integrates old-world character with contemporary verve. She harmonizes imagery with informative and imaginative wordplays, transforming them into spirited showpieces. Her signature works are digital collage featuring exquisitely rendered floral watercolors in a precise, yet lively style.
The eclectic appeal of Alana's work has garnered the attention of such diverse clients as the Smithsonian Institution, Fine Gardening Magazine and the Amazon Herb Company. Her paintings and prints reside in private collections throughout the United States, Canada, Britain and Brazil. They have been sold in the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, exhibited at the Bruce Museum of Arts and Sciences and at the Smithsonian Institution in partnership with the US Botanical Garden in Washington, D.C.
Alana's passion for plants springs from a lifelong awe of the natural world. Her relationship with the plant kingdom as explorer, importer, gardener, herbalist, horticulturalist and entrepreneur has been a boon to her career as a botanical storyteller.
1998 - Present
Publication Design for Print & Social Media
Alana Lea | Rainforest ECO Enterprises, LLC
Alana has a rich background in publications for magazines and books as illustrator, designer and production manager.
Her book design and production abilities have been used by the Amazon Herb Company, and self-publishing authors of "The Little Goo-Roo," "Cravings of the Soul," "The Ultimate Dick and Jane," among other titles, to turn rough manuscripts into polished printed books.
Working with Waterside Publications, she designed her first "Vook" using rich visual and multimedia content, in her own book "Trees of Transformation."
1973 - 1979
Retail & Wholesale - Nursery & Plant Shop
Tropiflora was the first of its kind, a tropical plant store specializing in rare and collectible plants in the early 1970's. A result of Alana's fascination with the plants of the Puerto Rican rainforests, she began importing orchids and bromiliads from Central and South America, and educating her clientele in Portland, Oregon about tropical flora. The business included a nursery, retail plant shop and commercial plant maintenance service.